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This thesis explores the social emotional development of children in the preoperational and concrete operational stages of cognitive development and their relationship to themes such as friendship, race, and gender. Through an analysis of the ideas of educational theorists Piaget, Bronfenbrenner, and Erikson and a research study with kindergarteners and third graders in a local school, the development of social concepts is examined. From these findings comes an exploration of how the development of these social and emotional concepts require more exposure in the early childhood education curriculum.
Dean, Laura Elizabeth, "Self Perception in the Eyes of a Child: Exploring How the Development of Children as Thinkers Relates to the Ways in Which They Self Define and Ascribe to Social Groups" (2016). Senior Theses. 116.