ERIC Number: EJ1018877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Grade-School Children's Social Collaborative Skills: Links with Partner Preference and Achievement
Ladd, Gary W.; Kochenderfer-Ladd, Becky; Visconti, Kari Jeanne; Ettekal, Idean; Sechler, Casey M.; Cortes, Khaerannisa I.
American Educational Research Journal, v51 n1 p152-183 Feb 2014
Little is known about the skills children need to successfully collaborate with classmates on academic assignments. The purposes of this study were to identify grade-schoolers' collaborative skills, evaluate the importance of identified skills for collaborative work, and determine whether differences in skill use were related to children's social and scholastic competence. Initially, third through fifth graders ("N" = 113) described attributes of "good" collaborators, and these attributes were distilled into distinct skill categories or "types." Next, third through fifth graders ("N" = 212) rated exemplars of each skill type as a basis for skill importance and peers' skill use and provided data that were used to construct measures of work partner preference and peer acceptance. Teachers reported on participants' achievement in multiple academic domains. Four categories of work-related and interpersonal skills were identified, and these skill types were differentially associated with children's work partner preferences, peer acceptance, and achievement. Overall, the findings help to specify the types of skills grade-schoolers need to relate effectively with classmates in the context of collaborative academic tasks.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Cooperation, Elementary School Students, Academic Ability, Student Characteristics, Cooperative Learning, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Peer Relationship, Group Dynamics, Gender Differences, Individual Differences, Interpersonal Relationship, Likert Scales, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression (Statistics), Multivariate Analysis, Communication Skills, Time on Task, Teamwork, Self Control
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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