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ERIC Number: ED308003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Negotiation in Social Pretend Play: Strategy Use as a Function of Social Status.
Black, Betty
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relation between social status and negotiation strategies in preschool boys and girls. With the use of peer nominations, 84 preschool children were classified as liked, disliked, or low-impact. Children were videotaped in free play interactions in which one child entered the play of a pair of same-sex peers. Liked children were more likely to agree to and extend the ideas of peers, seek clarification of peers' suggestions, and explain ongoing play to newcomers. Disliked children were more likely to reject the ideas of playmates, attempt to impose their own ideas on the group, and use a fairly high proportion of their conversation to describe their own activities. Results indicated that skills contributing to the establishment and maintenance of coherent discourse, and cohesive versus dispersive social interaction, may be related to social status among peers. However, the strategies used may also reflect the fact that boys of all status groups may seek a more overtly dominant role in social interaction than do girls. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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