Communication and Mental Health Promotion in Early Childhood Education
Panagiotis J. Stamatis and Eleni N. Nikolaou
University of the Aegean, Department of Pre-school Education Sciences and Educational Design, Greece
Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
This book attempts to shed light on Mental Health Promotion and Communication both examined as key factors for improving interpersonal relationships in Early Childhood Education. It is a book that promotes common mental health issues and counselling interventions, mental health promotion in pre-school and early childhood context, communication in the school environment between teachers, students and parents. In addition, it discusses common mental health issues that teachers have to deal with in early childhood education and describes counselling interventions in school context as well as strategies for addressing these issues in the school environment.
Within this framework, this book actually focuses on the definitions’, forms’ and activities’ of Mental Health Promotion and Communication Impact upon relationships and interactions taken place in everyday Early Childhood Education environment. Moreover, it stresses the importance of cultivating the emotional intelligence of all the members of school community in designing preventive interventions. An emotional intelligent school unit can contribute to the prevention of mental health issues. Emotional intelligence is related to communication skills and communication competence. The development of emotional intelligence and communication competence fosters healthy interpersonal relationships within the school community and reduces emotional and behavioral difficulties. It can also provide parents with ideas for improving their relationship with their children, eliminating, thus, communication problems and negative parenting practices which are associated with mental health problems.
This book is aiming at providing readers with practical ideas and suggestions in order to avoid conflict situations that harm their relationships with the valuable others, parents, teachers, students or classmates. In this book special terms and rarely used vocabulary are avoided, so it will be easy to be read not only by professionals, scholars or experts but also by the students, parents and all interested reading public which concerns about relationships’ improvement among school community members. Moreover, this book attempts to improve teaching procedure and ameliorate learning effectiveness, keeping classroom in calmness and classroom participants in discipline, according to modern classroom management rules.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Mental Health Issues and Counseling
Chapter 2. Promoting Mental Health
Chapter 3. Communication in the Classroom
Chapter 4. Communication among Teachers and between Teachers and Parents
Chapter 5. Conflict Communication Management in the School Environment