References for researching children’s conflict

I just decided to collate some of the stuff I have scattered around on children’s conflict…

Adult behaviour and impact

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (1982) How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk. Avon Books: New York

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (2003) How to talk so kids can learn at home and in school. Scribner: New York, London, Toronto, Sydney

Karen Wohlwend (2007) Friendship meeting or blocking circle? Identities in the laminated spaces of a playground conflict Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 8(1), pp.73-88

NB also – material on observation (and ‘how to’)… consider:

that Playcentre Book

George Forman & Ellen Hall (2005) Wondering with children: the importance of observation in early education. ECRP 7(2)Fall (

NB also – material on performance/mastery-based motivation… consider:

Penny Hauser-Cram (1998) ‘I think I can, I think I can: Understanding and encouraging mastery motivation in young children’ Young Children, July, pp67-71

Dweck & Elliott, 1983 ‘Achievement motivation’. InHandbook of child psychology. Vol 4: Socialization, personality, and social development. 4th ed. series ed. PH Mussen, vol ed EM Hetherington, 643-91. New York: Wiley.

Dweck, CS 1986. Motivational processes affecting learning. American Psychologist 41: 1040-48

Stipek, DJ 1996. Motivation and Instruction. In Handbook of educational psychology, eds D Berliner & R Calfee, 85-113. New York: Macmillan.

Zsuzsanna J. Millei (2005) ‘The Discourse of Control: disruption and Foucault in an early childhood classroom’ Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Volume 6, Number 2, pp.128-139

Elly Singer’s work:

Elly Singer Peacemaking among young children in multicultural centres. Early Childhood Convention, Palmerston North. September, 2005

The value of play – and of ‘rough and tumble’

Katerina V Thompson ‘Self assessment in juvenile play’

pp183-204 in Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998) Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, NY, Melbourne

Maxeen Biben ‘Squirrel monkey playfighting: making the case for a cognitive training function for play’

pp161-182 in Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998) Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, NY, Melbourne

Stuart Brown ‘Play as an organizing principle: clinical evidence and personal observations’

pp243-259 in Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998) Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, NY, Melbourne

Gun play discussions

While not exactly about ‘children’s conflict’, discussions about gun play are relevant: they capture ideas about conflict and ideas about suitable behaviour in both adult and child… some examples include:

Pennie Brownlee (2008) ‘”Bang bang! You’re dead” – Pondering on guns in children’s play The First Years: Nga Tau Tuatahi. New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education 10(2), pp.38+

Diane Rich (2003) Bang, Bang! Gun play, and why children need it. Early Education Summer, pp.(?)+

Advocacy and general conflict discussions

Eds. Anne B Smith, Megan Gollop, Kate Marshall and Karen Nairn (2000) Advocating for Children: International Perspectives on Children’s Rights. University of Otago Press: Dunedin

Paul Connolly and Jacqueline Hayden with Diane Levin (c2007) From Conflict to Peace Building: the Power of Early Childhood Initiatives. Lessons from around the world. World Forum Foundation: Redmond, WA

There’s also a lot of stuff I disagree with and would refute in any piece of research…

eg.: Robin Champion Resolving conflicts among children Swings & Roundabouts March 2009, pp.22-23 [I think her approach very adult-controlled and -centered – evident in the verb of her title!]


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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