ERIC Number: ED317322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Taking Charge: Kindergartners' Planning and Leadership Talk During Committee Work.
Lazarus, Peggy G.
This study delineates features of the planning and leadership talk of kindergartners involved in committee work done in small groups. Subjects were 66 kindergarten children in 3 classes of one teacher. Committees were composed of four or five students and met during a 10-month period across 2 school years. the tasks of the committees were to: (1) create a list of items each child needed to bring for a tadpole collecting excursion; (2) make a mural recording observations of live silkworms; (3) create a mural that would inform next year's kindergartners about dinosaurs; (4) choose and do an activity to follow up a trip to a fire station; (5) create a mobile from a collection of fall plants; (6) record results of a test of objects' ability to float; (7) create a mural showing what the group knew about Indians; (8) make a "television program" on a paper scroll; (9) make a book and a drama of a fairy tale; and (10) show the class what the committee knew about dental health. Analyses of audiotaped data revealed planning and leadership categories in children's conversations. Planning categories were personal preferences, brainstorming, competence checks, supplies, and procedures. Leadership categories included decision-making, allocation and supervision of work, helping, asserting and refuting leadership, and citing norms. Frequencies of categories were not evenly distributed across tasks, committee structures, and classes. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).