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Barns sociala lärande i interaktion med djur: En studie om förskolebarns sociala samspel i samband med djurkontakt
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Children's social learning in interaction with animals : A study of preschool children´s social interaction associated with animal contact (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this work is to study children’s social interaction with animals and if it could be affected to any possible connections to interaction with animals, linked to a socio-cultural perspective. This survey was conducted by a kind of a case study. Interviews were conducted with two teachers where the answers then was analyzed and compared with observations. The results are discussed from the perspective of the sociocultural theory of children's learning, their development and previous research on children's interactions with animals.


Scientific research with children and animals show that their relationship affects the child's development positively. This was made visible not only to children, but humans have a natural attraction to animals and which social relationships provide an expression of social learning in humans. Results from interviews and observations of this study indicate that children more easily create an understanding of his fellow human beings and that empathy is strengthened amongst the children because of their relationships with the animals.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna undersökning är att synliggöra barns sociala samspel och ifall det kan påverkas genom interaktion med djur, sett ur ett sociokulturellt perspektiv. Denna undersökning genomfördes genom något som kan kallas för en fallstudie. Intervjuer har genomförts med två pedagoger där svaren sedan analyserats och jämförts i relation till observationer. Resultaten diskuterades i relation till den valda sociokulturella teorin om barns lärande, deras utveckling samt tidigare forskning om barns interaktion med djur.

Studier med barn och djur visar på att deras relation påverkar barns utveckling positivt. Dessa synliggjordes att inte bara barn, utan människan har en naturlig dragning till djur och där sociala relationer ger ett uttryck för socialt lärande hos människan. Resultat från denna studies intervjuer och observationer tyder på att barn lättare skapar en förståelse för sina medmänniskor och att empatin stärks barnen emellan på grund av deras relationer till djuren.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
Children-animal interaction, children’s interaction, social development, sociocultural perspectives on learning
Keyword [sv]
Barn-djur interaktion, barns samspel, social utveckling, sociokulturellt perspektiv på lärande
National Category
Humanities Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-43716OAI: diva2:943926
Subject / course
Educational program
Early Years Education Programme, 210 hp
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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