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A reception of fairy tales by preschool age children


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Kranjec, Ena. (2016). A reception of fairy tales by preschool age children. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Croatian Language and Literature
Department of Pedagogy. [mentor Rudan, Evelina and Šagud, Mirjana].

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In preschool age education fairy tales conquer the preeminent role in the upbringing of children. Fairy tale is a genre which children encounter most frequently, whether in its oral or author's form. Fairy tales are usually told, retold and/or read to children by parents and educators and it is important to become aware of their effect on the development of children imagination, personality and creativity, mainly its role in their cognitive, emotional and social development. The purpose of this diploma thesis is recognizing the ways in which children perceive, interpret and experience the fairy tale in the period of preschool age and how it affects their overall upbringing. In the first part of the thesis theoretical aspects of fairy tale as a literary genre are presented (Propp, Röhrich, Lüthi, Bošković-Stulli, Biti). The first part also covers developmental characteristics of preschool age (Piaget, Montessori, Erikson, Vygotsky). Furthermore, fairy tale's place in children literature and educational characteristics of fairy tale and theoretical overview of its development through history, from its occurrence in oral forms to the transition into a written or artistic medium are presented (Hameršak). In the second part of the thesis, a position of fairy tale in kindergartens is presented with the aid of a poll method: the ways of its analysis, the most frequent fairy tales, access to the fairy tale as a literary form, its acceptance by children and frequency of meeting with this literary genre. Because a kindergarten as an educational institution is a place where children most commonly encounter fairy tale as a literary genre, it is necessary to examine the way in which a fairy tale is implemented into an educational program and an educational practice. On top of that the error and omission awareness of fairy tale's reading has to be raised and the suggestions for its improvement should be pointed out. In a frame of the thesis the characteristics of a fairy tale's narration, performance context, reactions of the recipients and age specifics are emphasized (e.g. the insistence of three- year old on the repeatability at the sentence level, etc.).

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: fairy tale, preschool age, narration, folk tale
Subjects: Slavic languages and literatures > Croatian language and literature
Departments: Department of Croatian Language and Literature
Department of Pedagogy
Supervisor: Rudan, Evelina and Šagud, Mirjana
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2017 11:13
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 11:13

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