ERIC Number: ED142289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Collaboration in Children: Dyadic Interaction Skills in Problem Solving.
Cooper, Catherine R.
Communication behaviors which facilitate cooperative problem solving were investigated in 3- to 5-year-old children. Thirty-two dyads, matched on age, sex and friendship were videotaped as they used balance scales to locate pairs of blocks of varying weight and surface design, but identical in size. All subjects had conventional labels for the designs. The results indicated that the effectiveness of these preschool children in cooperative problem solving coalesced from three to five and this effectiveness was predicted not by the praise that was given or received, nor always by the precision of their language from an adult perspective. Rather, the effective dyad was one who attended to the task and could establish and reestablish focus, who was mutually responsive, and who could use some system of distinctive labels. The study provides support for a developmental sequence of communication skills for dyadic problem solving; linking its findings to questions involving tutoring and persuasion are important next steps in helping children learn from one another. (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Figure 1 has been filmed from best available copy; Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)