Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1941

Full Length Research Paper

Stressful situations experienced by six year-old children when starting pre-school education

Preschool Education Department, Faculty of Education, Mevlana University, Yeni Istanbul Caddesi, No: 235, 42003, Selçuklu, Konya, Turkey.
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  •  Accepted: 12 March 2013
  •  Published: 10 May 2013



The aim of this study is to examine stressful situations six-year-olds experience when they attend kindergarten for the first time. Study group consisted of 45 pre-school teachers working in kindergartens affiliated to Ministry of National Education in Konya. Qualitative research methods were used in the study. For this study, a semi-structured interview form was developed by the researchers. Open ended questions were aimed at identifying certain things, such as problems children experience during first school days, possible reasons of the problems, the way children manifest the problems and teacher strategies in dealing with the problems. Research findings revealed that children feel stressed in their first days of school life because of the feeling to be away from family -especially from mother-, social anxieties regarding school environment and fears related to teachers. Besides, it was found also that children disclosed their stress by crying, refusing to participate in activities, behaving introvertedly, acting aggressively or not letting mother leave the school in first school days.


Key words: Pre-school education, starting to school, stressful situation, six year old child, expression of child stress.