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Social Relationships Concept Map

Clicking on either the link above or the button below takes you to a concept map (or diagram) depicting relationships among several dozen key ideas about social relationships as they affect school-age children. Many of the topic headings are the same as used on this wiki page. Since the map is in PDF format, it is difficult to edit directly, but nonetheless useful for teaching purposes.
- Seifert Seifert Nov 15, 2011 on behalf of Elizabeth Connolly (Marist College) and Michael Lauria (Marist College)

Slideshow Presenting Overview of Social Relationships in School-age Children

Clicking on either the link above or the button below takes you to a slideshow presentation covering many ideas about social relationships in school-age children. There are several dozen slides. The slides are in PDF format (not in Powerpoint), and therefore difficult to edit directly, but nonetheless useful for teaching purposes.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 15, 2011 on behalf of Elizabeth Connolly (Marist College) and Michael Lauria (Marist College)

Student Self-Evaluation: Pros and Cons

A common practice by some teachers is having students evaluate themselves. As other teachers sometimes point out, however, there are pitfalls in practice. This article discusses these issues and provides advice and guidance for teachers in using self-evaluations by students.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 29, 2012 on behalf of Rosa Hernandez and Nicole Yorgensen, Marist College

What Do Sociograms Suggest about Students' Relationships?

Here is a way to discuss and illustrate the uses of sociograms.

- Seifert Seifert May 31, 2010

Social Distance and Its Effects on Communication

Here is a way to demonstrate the sometimes subtle impact of social distance, using students' own preferences about physical distance during ordinary conversations.

- Seifert Seifert May 31, 2010

Cooperation vs. Collaboration: The Differences

This is an article in which the author, Ted Panitz, explaining the differences between these two concepts. In a nutshell, collaboration is a broad lifestyle involving working with and respecting others; cooperation is a specific interaction involving the joint production of a product or task.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 8, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College

Grouping Students Effectively

What is the best way to put students together for group work? Here is a discussion activity meant to highlight the choices and dilemmas involved.

- Seifert Seifert May 31, 2010

10 Rules That Govern Group Formation and Behavior

A page from a blog assembled by a British PhD student, Jeremy Dean. In this case the page summarizes research about how groups form and develop.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 14, 2011 on behalf of Elizabeth Connolly (Marist College) and Michael Lauria (Marist College)

Peer Relations in the Elementary-School Years

In an interview with an adult, a fifth-grade girl offers her take on what peer and friendship patterns are like during elementary school.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 7, 2011

Group Identity--Ingroup and Outgroup Formation

A brief British video illustrating how ingroups (or cliques) are formed in school, and commenting on the consequences for students. About four minutes long.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 14, 2011 on behalf of Elizabeth Connolly (Marist College) and Michael Lauria (Marist College).

Caring in Education: Why It Matters

A discussion by Nel Noddings of the nature and importance of caring for students when helping them learn. (This is a journal-length article; see also her related book-length discussions in Carring: A feminine approach to ethics, or Happiness in Education.)

- Seifert Seifert Jan 11, 2011

Features, Examples, and Uses of Children's Humor

Articles about Children's Humor

Images Useful in Teaching about Children's Humor

The first link above takes you to a concise summary of the nature and social functions of children's humor, and also offers examples of children's humor. The second link takes you to several slightly longer articles discussing the functions and purposes of children's humor. The third link contains images relevant to jokes told by children (vs. portraying jokes on children).

- Seifert Seifert Nov 18, 2010

Bandura and His Bobo Doll: Videos of Children's Aggression

This is Youtube video of the classic experiments by Albert Bandura showing children's aggression toward a lifesize inflatable named "Bobo." The film is 4 minutes long and looks "old" (made in the 1960s), but it makes the point. For a modern-day reinactment of the same experiment made by and featuring college students, see also this modern re-enactment video.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 8, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College.

Bullying in Schools: What New Teachers Need To Know

(written by an educational psychologist and counselor)

Bullying Prevention in Schools

(advice from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police--also useful in other English-speaking countries)

Stop Bullying--advice, tips, and support

(a U.S. government-sponsored website with a wide range of advice and resources on the topic)

School Bullying

(an introductory article )

Resources for Students about Bullying

(several articles and links for students, K-12 levels)

Images Useful for Teaching about and Discussing School Bullying


There are many websites with good information for both parents and teachers about bullying in schools--what to look for, and how to deal with it. Above is a sample of such links.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 14, 2011 , with assistance from Elizabeth Connolly (Marist College) and Michael Lauria (Marist College)

Child Sexual Abuse

(introductory, information-oriented article)

Responding to Disclosure of Abuse

(advice for how to respond to a child who discloses abuse--aimed at parents but also useful for teachers)

Child Sexual Abuse: It's Your Business

(brochure or booklet in PDF format with basic info and advice for responding)

How Do Sexually Abused Children Tell?

(long [200+ pages] monograph, carefully researched, with very detailed information, advice, and case studies of abuse)

There are also many websites with good information and advice about child abuse and how to respond to it. The links above are a sample. They tend to be addressed to adults in general, but the advice is useful for teachers in particular.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 22, 2010

Gender Roles as Public Display?

Ever get the feeling that some of your ed psych students have adopted somewhat conventional roles? Here are some tips for discussing this possibility with them.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 14, 2011

Gay and Lesbian Youth: A Teacher's Guide

(20-page booklet of information and advice aimed at teachers of all grade levels; published by the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities)

The Safe Schools Coalition: Resources for Educators

(website of wide-ranging resources for combating bigotry of all forms in schools, including homophobia)

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

(Organization that advocates on behalf of GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered] youth and children. This particular link goes specifically to their page of published resources, but other pages at the website can also be helpful.)

Celebrating Diversity in Schools

(Extensive Australian website with resources for teachers and parents who are working to make schools more supportive of GLBT youth and children.)

It Gets Better Project

(Extensive US-based website providing resources that support GLBT youth. GLBT youth are the primary intended audience.)

Above are a few links that offer information and help in promoting tolerance of GLBT youth and children. There are others as well, though some take the form of news stories or blog-based stories of recent controversies and/or indignities experienced by young people who are GLBT.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 14, 2011, with assistance from Elizabeth Connolly (Marist College) and Michael Lauria (Marist College)

Collaborative Learning: Comparing the Viewpoints of Piaget and Vygotsky

Piaget and Vygotsky both have views of human development that are popular among educators, and collaborative (or cooperative) learning is also a popular practice in the schools. How might these two psychologists each view collaboration? How might collaboration affect social relationships in the classroom? This link provides a summary comparison of their differences.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 30, 2010

An Experiment in Classroom Democracy

Here is a case study "vignette" about the pitfalls of getting students to manage their own behavior.
(See also Social relationships.)

- Seifert Seifert Dec 2, 2010

Getting Along with a Difficult Parent

How to talk with a difficult, dissatisfied parent of a child? Here is a (fictitious) letter from such a parent that can be the basis for discussing this challenge.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 19, 2011

A Compendium of Articles about Social Psychology


This link goes to a useful set of brief articles on many aspects of social psychology; many are highly relevant for teaching about social relationships in classrooms.

- Seifert Seifert Mar 22, 2011 on behalf of Beth Fisher

Tips and Advice about Multicultural Teaching at the Post-Secondary Level

This website is from the Center for Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan. It offers advice about taking university-level students' cultural diversity into account when teaching--definitely also an important issue in teacher education programs.

- Seifert Seifert Sep 2, 2011