Preschoolers' and first graders' reasons for liking or avoiding school

Şahin Sak İ. T.

EDUCATION 3-13, vol.47, no.8, pp.889-905, 2019 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03004279.2018.1537300
  • Title of Journal : EDUCATION 3-13
  • Page Numbers: pp.889-905


This qualitative study examined 287 Turkish children's school experiences and sought to connect such experiences to their overall feelings about school. A semi-structured interview protocol derived from Ladd, Kochenderfer, and Coleman's [1996. "Friendship Quality as a Predictor of Children's Early School Adjustment." Child Development 67 (3): 1103-1118] School Liking and Avoidance Questionnaire was used to collect data from the participants, who comprised 141 preschoolers and 146 first graders. Most members of both groups stated that school was fun, that they were happy when they were there, and that they felt happy about going to school in the morning. Most preschoolers and first graders also said that school did not make them feel like crying, and that they did not wish they could stay home from school or go somewhere else. However, slightly more than half the respondents stated that they felt happier when it was time to go home from school. Preschoolers tended to emphasise positive features of school such as toys, whereas first graders were more likely to talk about learning new things, and their in-school friendships.