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ERIC Number: EJ1157464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
How Toddlers Think with Their Hands: Social and Private Gestures as Evidence of Cognitive Self-Regulation in Guided Play with Objects
Basilio, Marisol; Rodríguez, Cintia
Early Child Development and Care, v187 n12 p1971-1986 2017
The role of language as a tool to support the self-regulation has been widely studied, yet there is little evidence on the role of prelinguistic communication in the early development of self-regulation. To address this gap, we developed behavioural indicators of preverbal cognitive self-regulation, and described how can parents support it through guided play. We observed 16 children at 14, 16 and 18 months interacting with two complex toys, either independently or with a parent. A microanalytic coding captured a total of 721 gestures, of which 473 were classed as self-regulatory. Children used gestures to support self-regulation in planning monitoring, control, and evaluation. Analysis of parental mediation revealed a relationship between supporting autonomy, providing challenge, responsiveness, effective communication, children's competence with objects, and self-regulatory gestures. We produced reliable indicators of self-regulation through gestures and characterized effective parental mediation, thus making explicit key social mechanisms to foster self-regulation in preverbal development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Madrid)
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