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Children's co-operative and competitive interactions in limited resource situations: a literature review


Green, VA and Rechis, R, Children's co-operative and competitive interactions in limited resource situations: a literature review, Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, (1) pp. 42-59. ISSN 0193-3973 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2005.12.002


The ability to balance cooperative and competitive behaviors has important implications for a child's overall development. While socially competent children appear to learn highly successful strategies for entering peer groups and negotiating access to limited resources, the development of this level of social competence can be challenging for preschool-aged children. Early childhood educators may therefore have to intervene to develop the child's social competence and promote the use of negotiation and effective conflict management strategies. Using theories of social exchange and human sociobiology, this paper reviews literature on cooperation and competition involving limited resources and highlights the implications of this research for early childhood education. Results suggest that a variety of individual and social-contextual factors might influence a child's development of socially competent behavior. The review highlights the importance of teaching children to negotiate effectively with peers. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
UTAS Author:Green, VA (Dr Vanessa Green)
ID Code:39239
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-04-05
Last Modified:2006-04-05

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