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Learning to Cope with Failure In the Early School Years

Joy Cullen

Children are not failures in the normative sense when they arrive at school but the process of labelling a child as a failure begins early in his school career. The early school years a:re particularly significant for the growth of the child's ability to cope with failure. It is then he acquires the basic skills which are crucial for subsequent school learning, but further to this, it is in the early school years that children develop perceptions of themselves as learners.

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