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ERIC Number: EJ1027475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
From Interactions to Conversations: The Development of Joint Engagement during Early Childhood
Adamson, Lauren B.; Bakeman, Roger; Deckner, Deborah F.; Nelson, P. Brooke
Child Development, v85 n3 p941-955 May-Jun 2014
This research traces the development of symbol-infused joint engagement during mother-child interactions into the preschool years. Forty-nine children, who had been previously observed as toddlers (L. B. Adamson, R. Bakeman, & D. F. Deckner), [Adamson, L. B., 2004], were systematically observed during interactions with their mothers at ages 3½, 4½, and 5½ during activities related to the past and future, internal states, and graphic systems. Although the amount of symbol-infused joint engagement reached a ceiling by 3½, its focus continued to become more complex and its form more balanced. Individual differences in children's symbol-infused joint engagement were stable across 4 years. These findings highlight both how joint engagement is transformed as conversational skills develop and how it remains rooted in earlier interactions and supported by caregiver's actions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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