ERIC Number: EJ721777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
The Situated Nature of Preschool Children's Conflict Strategies
Educational Psychology, v26 n1 p109-126 Feb 2006
The purpose of this study was to examine whether the peer conflict strategies of preschool children are situated and therefore vary across different conflict situations. Hypothetical conflict interviews were administered through a series of puppet shows. Participants were 178 preschool children. Results indicate that preschool children's conflict management skills are situated in peer conflict, because their strategies are to a greater or lesser degree influenced by the opponent's strategies. When the opponent's conflict strategy is non-aggressive, aggressive conflict strategies are atypical and low in frequency. When the opponent behaves with physical aggression in the conflict situation, most of the subjects respond to this aggressive conflict strategy with physical aggression. The findings confirm neither a static individual view nor a situated determinism, but a situated action view in which both individuals' cognitions and distributed cognitions interact.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Conflict, Aggression, Conflict Resolution, Peer Relationship, Context Effect, Cognitive Processes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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