London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Are Pupils Taking a Proactive Part in the School Social Life Popular Within Their Peer Group?

Author(s) Krzywozs-Rynkiewicz, B.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Early social experiences are a significant factor conducive to the development of an active attitude: activity may be of a reactive or a proactive nature. Research on Polish teachers suggest that at the declarative level teachers think highly of proactive behaviours classified and are reluctant to accept reactive behaviour by pupils. Are proactive actions valued by children themselves? This small scale research tested views of younger primary school pupils: which proactive behaviour is accepted by children within their peer group? The results were surprising. Moderate proactivity overlaps with high social attractiveness, but the most proactive children are the least socially attractive. Their peers select them as partners for interaction when there needs to be cooperation in a task.

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