Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Carmen Cook

Second Reader

Nedra Robinson


social and emotional development, preschool, social skills, problem solving


Many young children ages three to five years old spend a significant amount of time in childcare classroom settings each week. These young children are in the beginning stages of learning to share, negotiate, and take another person's perspective, which often results in complex social situations that children do not know how to handle appropriately. This places a huge responsibility on teachers to ensure that they are supporting each child's development of positive social skills and appropriate problem solving skills. This project provides information and strategies on the social and emotional development of preschoolers, and techniques for handling mistaken behaviors and teaching problem-solving skills, that early childhood educators can use to build a positive and supportive classroom community.


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