International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2021, Vol. 17(4) 390-404

Perceptions of 'Best Friend' as Expressed by Preschool Children in Turkey and in Sweden

Nevra Atış-Akyol, Ann-Katrin Swärd & Şifa Kevser Çakmak, Neslihan Güney-Karaman

pp. 390 - 404   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/ijpe.2021.366.24   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2103-24-0006

Published online: August 08, 2021  |   Number of Views: 24  |  Number of Download: 60


Abstract

The  research examines the concepts of ‘friendship’ and ‘best friend’ among preschool children (n=52) who live in different countries (Sweden and Turkey), with the aim of presenting their ideas about the concepts of ‘friendship’ and ‘best friend’. For this purpose, 52 children, 4-5 year olds (25 from Turkey and 27 from Sweden) participated in semi-structured interviews, the content of which was later analysed. A content analysis method included the identification of codes that could be used for comparison across the two populations through statistical analysis. The main results of our study show that, despite the fact that preschools are organized differently in Sweden and Turkey, children from both populations used prosocial behaviour and their perceptions about what a best friend is more similar between children in these different cultures than they are different.

Keywords: Early Childhood, Preschool Children, Best Friend, Friendship


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Atis-Akyol, N., Swärd, A., Cakmak, S.K. & Guney-Karaman, N. (2021). Perceptions of 'Best Friend' as Expressed by Preschool Children in Turkey and in Sweden . International Journal of Progressive Education, 17(4), 390-404. doi: 10.29329/ijpe.2021.366.24

Harvard
Atis-Akyol, N., Swärd, A., Cakmak, S. and Guney-Karaman, N. (2021). Perceptions of 'Best Friend' as Expressed by Preschool Children in Turkey and in Sweden . International Journal of Progressive Education, 17(4), pp. 390-404.

Chicago 16th edition
Atis-Akyol, Nevra, Ann-Katrin Swärd, Sifa Kevser Cakmak and Neslihan Guney-Karaman (2021). "Perceptions of 'Best Friend' as Expressed by Preschool Children in Turkey and in Sweden ". International Journal of Progressive Education 17 (4):390-404. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2021.366.24.

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