chapter  5
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Improving Children's Social Awareness and Behaviour

In Chapter 1 we discussed the skills and attributes which contribute to prosocial behaviours, such as recognising and responding to other perspectives, other minds; the capacity to communicate one's own thoughts and feelings; being able to exhibit empathy and concern for others; an awareness of the rules of social interaction, including, most importantly, moral rules and a consideration for others' welfare. These skills go hand in hand with the development of friendships and positive interpersonal relations, and as such, should be central to our attempts to educate for prosocial behaviour. In this chapter, we will consider how the aim of fostering children's prosocial interactions can be translated into practice, by means of a series of classroom tasks and activities which are designed to develop the above skills.