London Metropolitan University Research Institutes
 

The Preschool Teacher as an Object of Attachment

Author(s) Prosen, S., & Pergar Kušcer, M.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
Citizenship education in the early years concerns socialisation through close relationships. Children develop attachment patterns in their early experiences with primary caregivers, who communicate emotions (positive or negative) and messages about the world (nice or scary). Attachment patterns become an important personal characteristic, influencing expectations and reactions in relations later in life. Preschool children spend much time with preschool teachers, who may become their object of attachment. We examine the attachment patterns of pre-school teachers (using The Adult Attachment Style Scale) and possible connections with their perceptions of children’s characteristics and attachment-expressing behaviour. These perceptions and the consequent reactions towards the child may contribute to the child’s interpretations of social situations. Some of these connections are confirmed.
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