ERIC Number: EJ1019452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Preschoolers' Cooperative Problem Solving: Integrating Play and Problem Solving
Ramani, Geetha B.; Brownell, Celia A.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v12 n1 p92-108 Feb 2014
Cooperative problem solving with peers plays a central role in promoting children's cognitive and social development. This article reviews research on cooperative problem solving among preschool-age children in experimental settings and social play contexts. Studies suggest that cooperative interactions with peers in experimental settings are not as consistently beneficial to young children's cognitive growth as they are for school-age children. In contrast, both theory and empirical research suggest that social play like that seen in early childhood classrooms is a context in which young children gain critical knowledge from peer cooperation. However, these contexts differ in how much they allow children to create and sustain their own joint goals, which likely influences their learning from cooperative interactions in experimental settings. Features of cooperative social play that allow preschool children to create joint goals are considered, and suggestions for future research are proposed to integrate these features into experimental settings in order to provide a fuller understanding of the development of cooperative problem solving in young children and its benefits.
Descriptors: Cooperation, Problem Solving, Preschool Children, Interpersonal Relationship, Play, Context Effect, Goal Orientation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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