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ERIC Number: ED457964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep-1
Pages: 15
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The Logic of Young Children's (Nonverbal) Behavior.
Singer, Elly
This paper asserts that teachers need to understand the logic of young children's behavior in their joint play and in their conflicts in order to respond sensitively, and that children construct logic-in-action (procedural knowledge) long before they are able to verbalize their logic in narratives. The basic assumption of the paper is that there is a functional continuity between the logic-in-action of young children and the verbalized logic of children's narratives. The paper first examines the concept of "logic" and the basic human motive to construct a "logic" world at the subjective level. The paper then discusses young children's logic-in-action of the sensorimotor period, relating this to some studies of children's co-construction of meaning in peer relations and their prosocial behavior during or after peer conflicts. The paper asserts that in peer conflicts, with or without their teachers' help, young children socialize, a natural heritage also shared with nonhuman primates in situations of conflict resolution. Finally, the paper explores the teacher's role in peer conflicts. (Contains 37 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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