International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Study on Preschool Children's Perceptions of Moral and Social Rules
Saide Özbey

This study was conducted to examine preschool children's perceptions about moral and social rules with respect to certain variables. The study group comprised a total of 140 children aged between 48–66 months who were attending an independent kindergarten (N=100) and the preschool year of an elementary school (N=40) in Keçiören and Yenimahalle, Ankara. The study was based on a relational survey model and used Smetena's (1981) Moral and Social Rule Knowledge Scale, which was tested for validity and reliability with Turkish children by Seçer, Sarı and Olcay (2007). The results showed that children's knowledge on moral and social rules varied significantly with respect to their socioeconomic level, the school they attend, the age of their teacher, and the school that the teacher graduated from. Also, a significant difference was found between children's knowledge on moral and social rules in favor of the former (p<0.05).

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