Rotem Schapira

Rotem is researching the impact that reading books has on a child's development

Quick Facts
  • Age: 35
  • Field: Education
  • Lives in: Tzur Yigal
  • Married with two children

My Research:  How mother and child share book reading interaction contributes to the child’s emotional and social comprehension.

 

That’s the Whole Story: Reading books to children is a wonderful opportunity to have a conversation with a child and to help them develop language, emotional and social skills. We found through our research that the more a mother speaks with her child and addresses social and emotional aspects, the more the child understands and identifies a greater number of feelings, expresses empathy and has a better grasp of social situations. When they read the same book again and again, the mother-child conversation can move from the external layers of plot and characters to the more hidden layers – feelings and relation to the child’s life.

 

“I believe in my heart that parents are responsible for leading, advancing and helping to develop various talents in their children. The foundation is laid in early childhood.”

 

Parental Guidance: I grew up as the eldest daughter to second generation Holocaust survivors. Thanks to my parents, I believe that everything is possible and that it is important not to give up, and to fulfill your dreams and goals in life. From my personal and professional experience, I believe in my heart that parents are responsible for leading, advancing and helping to develop various talents in their children. The foundation is laid in early childhood and parents and education officials must be taught to be attentive to each unique child and to grow together with them.

 

A Woman of Many Hats: The hats that I wear all somehow relate to my research topic of kindergarten-aged children: I am the mother of young children, a researcher, a lecturer and a pedagogical guide dealing with early childhood education. In the future, I would like to continue researching and to lecture in my field as well as expand my field of study. I believe that researching the strengths of children and adults is both interesting and important. This type of research can equip you with the tools you need to feel happy and satisfied in life.

 

Rotem is a PhD student at the Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education.

 

Tel Aviv University, P.O. Box 39040, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
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