Children’s classroom experiences in building peer relationships

Jillianne Neri Tejada, Liang Li, Marie Hammer

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This study examines a child’s personal experiences with peer relationship building in the classroom and is guided by Vygotsky’s cultural historical concepts of the social situation of development and cultural tools and Hedegaard’s (2012) model for learning and development. Hedegaard’s (2012) dialectical—interactive approach was adopted to analyse the data for this study which was gathered using digital video observations of a grade one classroom within the western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia over a five week period. This paper explores the strategies used by children that enables them to balance their desire for peer relationships while remaining within what is considered acceptable behaviours by their teachers within the classroom. It is argued that it is important for schools to continue to strive to find the balance between institutional demands while creating social situations that foster peer relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Belonging
  • Cultural tools
  • Cultural-historical
  • Peer interactions
  • Peer relationships
  • Social situation of development

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