Graduation Year

2007

Location

Center for Natural Science, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

14-4-2007 9:00 AM

End Date

14-4-2007 10:00 AM

Description

The affect birth order has on children' s social interactions is being explored on many different fronts. Research done by many scientists such as Perlin and Grater ( 1984) has been helpful in pointing out the characteristics of first, middle, and last born children. The following study focuses on the effect of birth order on primary grade students' social development. Forty-three kindergarten through second grade students from an elementary school in Central Illinois were surveyed, observed, and interviewed to gain more information about their personality and feelings using eight categories of social behavior: activity, talkativeness, communication with peers, emotional control, imagination, anxiety around peers, maturity among peers, and rule keeping. I was able to gauge social ability in relation to their ordinal birth position. This study aims to broaden teachers, and the general public's knowledge on this particular topic in addition to understanding participation in social interactions at school.

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Social Siblings: Birth Order and Social Interactions Among Primary School Students

Center for Natural Science, Illinois Wesleyan University

The affect birth order has on children' s social interactions is being explored on many different fronts. Research done by many scientists such as Perlin and Grater ( 1984) has been helpful in pointing out the characteristics of first, middle, and last born children. The following study focuses on the effect of birth order on primary grade students' social development. Forty-three kindergarten through second grade students from an elementary school in Central Illinois were surveyed, observed, and interviewed to gain more information about their personality and feelings using eight categories of social behavior: activity, talkativeness, communication with peers, emotional control, imagination, anxiety around peers, maturity among peers, and rule keeping. I was able to gauge social ability in relation to their ordinal birth position. This study aims to broaden teachers, and the general public's knowledge on this particular topic in addition to understanding participation in social interactions at school.