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ERIC Number: ED341460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 110
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A Manual for Coding Young Children's Enacted Interpersonal Understanding.
DeVries, Rheta; And Others
This manual was developed for use in studying the sociomoral competence of children in three kindergarten classes. The work described follows that of Robert Selman, whose goal was to build a structural-developmental model of children's reflective reasoning in several domains of interpersonal understanding. Each of these domains involves the underlying dimension of social perspective coordination, which is defined as, "the capacity to differentiate and integrate the Self's and Other's points of view." Selman's research on reflective interviews focuses on competence, while his research on enacted interpersonal understanding focuses on performance. This manual extends his work on the performance aspect. Selman conceptualizes strategies of expressed interpersonal understanding into four progressively decentered levels, then expands the conceptualization to include shared experiences. The goal of interpersonal negotiation is seen as separation from others, while shared experiences are viewed as leading toward intimacy and connection with others. With these two aspects as contrasting poles, one can conceptualize all social behaviors as existing on a continuum at each developmental level. In this manual, both shared experiences and negotiation strategies are used to assess young children's behavior. Codes define each behavior at levels 0, 1, or 2, with 53 categories of negotiation strategies, and 22 shared experience categories. (SH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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