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Bibliotherapy for children; Sharing in children; Preschool children -- Books and reading;


The use of bibliotherapy with children as it relates to sharing behaviors is the focus of this study. The investigation examined whether reading books to children about sharing would increase sharing behaviors in a classroom. Previous work completed in this area reported positive results. This study sought to replicate and expand upon existing work to determine if bibliotherapy is a u 1 able classroom intervention to increase sharing behaviors. The following three hypotheses were made for this study: 1. Following treatment, the number of sharing behaviors of the experimental group will be significantly more than at baseline. 2. The experimental group and the control group's sharing behaviors will be significantly different following treatment, with the control group having fewer sharing incidents. 3. At the one month follow-up, sharing behavior for the experimental group will be significantly higher than baseline observations. Twelve students in a nursery-kindergarten class were the subjects for the study. Subjects were between five and six years old. They were divided into two groups, experimental and control, using random assignment. The study took place over five weeks. A baseline week began the study, followed by the treatment. Then a week of observations took place. A second week of treatments and then observation immediately followed. Treatment involved reading books about sharing, a discussion, and a brief followup activity. Statistical tests revealed that after both treatments no significant changes in sharing behaviors resulted. The discussion explores variables including treatment length, who should administer the treatment, the follow-up discussion of the reading material, and the design of using both control and experimental groups. The discussion also looks at transfer issues and other limitations exclusive to this study. Suggestions for future research are included as well.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Ralph Scott


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