ERIC Number: ED271190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Age and Age-Mix on Toddler Peer Interaction and Development of Role-Taking Ability in Toddlers.
Brownell, Celia A.
On the basis of two sets of videotaped observations collected on same-sex, same-age and mixed-age dyads composed of children 18 and/or 24 months old, issues concerning research on infants and toddlers are addressed. The first set of observations was a simple description of the structure and content of children's peer interaction during 15 minutes of free play. Questions addressed focused on: (1) the contribution of age-related mechanisms to the growth of peer skill over the latter part of the second year; and (2) children's social accommodations to a partner differing in age. The second set of observations focused on toddlers in cooperative problem solving situations. Research issues addressed, in a somewhat preliminary way, include the need for a more detailed and elaborate data base of research on infants and toddlers, the need to examine in much more detail the contexts in which particular peer competencies are manifested, the need to study the social understanding the child brings to peer interaction, and the need to build and test explanatory models for the early acquisition and growth of peer social skills. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies (3rd, Austin, TX, March 18-21, 1982). Based on Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota, 1982.