Children's emotional learning in primary schools

Bendelow, Gillian and Mayall, Berry (2002) Children's emotional learning in primary schools. European Journal of Psychotherapy Counselling and Health, 5 (3). pp. 291-304. ISSN 1469-5901

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Abstract

Using insights gleaned from the sociology of childhood to challenge prevailing conceptualizations of children as emotionally 'incomplete' or 'immature' in relation to adults, this study demonstrates the interactive nature of the social order within primary schools and the centrality of emotional learning to children's everyday lives and relationships. Analysis of the qualitative data shows how children recognize the role of emotional learning in sustaining a balanced and 'healthy' lifestyle in relation to their self-identity, particularly through the importance of enlisting and sustaining friendships as protection across the public/private divide and the institutional order of school life. Furthermore, the data show that children understand their subordination to adults and the role of 'emotion work' in the negotiation of these hierarchical relationships.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Gillian Bendelow
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:55
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 15:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22979
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