London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Children’s Views of Family and Institutional Socialization on Competition and Cooperation

Author(s) Sandor, M.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Parents and teachers are the main socializing agents of such key interpersonal behaviours and skills like competition and cooperation. Children need to be able to handle both cooperation and competition, and to function in a democratic and market oriented society that requires citizens to be good at both social skills. This paper explores how children view their parents and teachers views on these behaviours, and how the adults’ views and behavioural practices are represented in children’s views. The study focused on 8 to 9 years old children. Children know a lot about competition, winning and losing and about how their teachers and parents think about these concepts. From their answers we could find typical messages in relation with competition, winning and losing.

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