Early childhood is a time of wonder, excitement, adventure and learning. A time to experience social relations and friendships, and all of the emotions involved. The joy, and the excitement – of creating a common world with friends. A world of ‘what if’ and ‘as if’ moments that are accepted and built together, or rejected – leading to frustration, sadness and exclusion – the darker side of friendship.
In this book, cultural-historical concepts are used to analyse the everyday lives of children. Inspired by contemporary ideas about moral imagination, Collaborative Pathways to Friendship in Early Childhood theorises friendship as a concept. Traditionally, studies about friendship in early childhood focus on relations built in educational settings. As a point of difference, Dr Adams and Dr Quinones introduce the conditions that are created for, with, and by young children as they move between everyday family life, and transition into education settings. Through narratives of internationally mobile families moving into Malaysia and established families in Mexico, varying perspectives of children, parents, teachers and principals are presented — culminating in a holistic understanding of friendship in early childhood.
Providing insight into varied perspectives and processes involved when young children enter into friendships, this book will be of interest to researchers, post graduate students and teacher educators specialising in early childhood education, child psychology or social work.
List of Figures
Section 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction to Young Children Developing Collaborative Pathways to Friendships
Chapter 2. A Cultural–Historical Approach to Understanding Social Relations and Friendships
Section 2. Friendship as a Family Project in Homes: The Parent, Child's and Friend's Perspectives
Chapter 3. The Child’s Perspective — Social Relations and Pathways to Friendships
Chapter 4. Moral Imagining as a Project for Friendship in the Family Setting
Chapter 5. Parents’ Perspectives of Friendships—Pathways to the Future
Section 3. Friendship as a Community Project in Schools: The Parent's, Teacher's and Principal's Perspectives
Chapter 6. Imagining Futures — A Collaborative Community Project for Friendship in the School
Chapter 7. Teachers’ Perspectives of Friendships — Pathways towards Social Futures
Chapter 8. Friends and Moral Imagination
Chapter 9. Collaborative Initiatives of Friends in the School Setting
Chapter 10. Past, Present and Future Collaborative Pathways for Friendships
This book has two main contributions to the field. First, the introduction of cultural-historical perspective as part of studying the formation of children’s friendships and social relations and the way in which moral imagination as a concept is drawn on to enrich and elaborate the theoretical perspective is novel in this context. Second, the authors endeavour to bring a holistic perspective together, across contexts and across different actors - it is clearly a contribution to the field. These are the major strengths of the book and make it essential reading for educators, and a unique book.
Jaakko Hilppö Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Helsinki
There is a real need for this book which is both theoretically well-grounded and practical with a lot of research data that illustrates well the authors’ arguments. The authors emphasize how friendships may be formed and sustained beyond the classroom, they are studied across contexts, rather than in isolation, which brings a unique contribution to this discussion.
Associate Professor Daniel Goulart