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ERIC Number: EJ1101145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Imitation, Collaboration, and Their Interaction among Western and Indigenous Australian Preschool Children
Nielsen, Mark; Mushin, Ilana; Tomaselli, Keyan; Whiten, Andrew
Child Development, v87 n3 p795-806 May-Jun 2016
This study explored how overimitation and collaboration interact in 3- to 6-year-old children in Westernized (N = 48 in Experiment 1; N = 26 in Experiment 2) and Indigenous Australian communities (N = 26 in Experiment 2). Whether working in pairs or on their own rates of overimitation did not differ. However, when the causal functions of modeled actions were unclear, the Indigenous Australian children collaborated at enhanced rates compared to the Western children. When the causal role of witnessed actions was identifiable, collaboration rates were correlated with production of causally unnecessary actions, but in the Indigenous Australian children only. This study highlights how children employ imitation and collaboration when acquiring new skills and how the latter can be influenced by task structure and cultural background.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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