ERIC Number: ED470903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Affecting the Future: The Role of Appropriate Scaffolding in the Development of Social Competence.
Kearn, Catherine M.
Young children exhibit aggression in order to achieve their goals, to respond to their developing understandings of ownership. The NAEYC "Code of Ethical Conduct" for early childhood educators includes the commitment to support children's development, including helping them to learn to work cooperatively. The types of interventions that children experience affect the long-term quality of their responses to others. In this vein, Katz's work on children's social competence can plausibly be merged with Vygotsky's concept of scaffolding. Katz's work offers nine principles of practice for enhancing social competence. Vygotsky introduces the child's private speech as a tool "to transfer problem-solving knowledge and responsibility from the adult to the self." Vygotsky found that scaffolding promotes private speech through which children realize they can answer their own questions and learn how to regulate their own behavior. Research reveals effective strategies that provide a platform on which teachers can build. Learning to put these strategies into practice is an ethical responsibility of every person in the early childhood field. (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Interpersonal Competence, Preschool Teachers, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Social Development, Teacher Role, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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