Friendships

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Bigelow and La Gaipa (1975) observed children’s friendships by asking a number of children to write an essay about their best friend using the approach called “content analysis”. William Corsaro however dictates that in order to study children you must study them in the context of their own peer culture, he used the “ethnographic approach”. In this essay I shall attempt to compare and contrast the approach used by Bigelow and La Gaipa (1975) and that taken by William Corsaro (2006). In the early 1970’s little was known regarding children’s friendships. Bigalow and La Gaipa (1975) assessed developmental differences by having grade school children write 480 essays on what they expected of their best friend that was not expected from other…show more content…
As they progress and go onto the next stage they put more importance on loyalty and commitment to each other. The third stage, however the importance is with parallel interests and comparable values in attitudes. This shows that as the children get older their friendships become more intricate. William Corsaro (2006), ethnographical approach enabled him to interact with the children and once he became accepted into the group it enabled him to find out various aspects of children’s friendship but only at a secondary level. However it gave him an understanding of the children’s theory towards “friendships”. He observed how fantasy played a vital role in their everyday activities and how simple things, such as visualising a pen as a rocket ship. These simple activities were found to diminish as the children got older. Corsaro (2006) also found that various cultures reacted differently to him. The Italian children found his American accent amusing and tried to teach him their native language. Because of his failure to speak their language the children had a big advantage as he couldn’t communicate with the teachers that well so it gave the children a certain amount of control over the teachers and the relationship with Corsaro (2006) and the children became unique. The Italian children seem to thrive on discussions and debates whereas the American
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