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January 13, 1951

The Nursery School: A Human Relationships Laboratory

JAMA. 1951;145(2):124. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920200064036

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Abstract

Children develop healthy personalities easily when their security is enhanced by a feeling of being accepted. Acceptance, according to Miss Read, implies neither approval nor disapproval of the child's behavior in the nursery school group. It implies that the teacher, the parent and other adults associated with the child shall take the child as he is in any given situation and attempt to understand the cause of the behavior of the moment before correction is attempted.

Throughout the book, the nursery school situation is used as a laboratory for the study of the child's relations to other children and to other adults with whom he must associate. The central theme of the book is the importance of adult understanding of the child's emotional reaction to each new situation he encounters and the guiding of the child into growth patterns that make him an acceptable personality in his community. This book

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