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The remarkable social competence of young children

  • Emily Comstock DiMartino
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Abstract

In this article the author discusses the kinds of social conflicts that are subject to social regulation — namely, those involving moral dilemmas and those revolving around customs, safety, and institutional rules. A summary is provided of the current research on moral understanding and social conflict resolution, describing the cognitive-developmental approach and social learning theory. The author then summarizes the results of her research which have indicated that there is a high degree of agreement in social rule understanding between children and adults. The major implications of this research for early childhood education are discussed.

Keywords

RabIe Social Competence Moral Development Moral Issue Moral Dilemma 
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Resumen

L’auteure discute dans cet article les formes de conflits sociaux qui servent pour établir des règles sociales, spécialement celles qui impliquent des dilemmes d’ordre moral, celles qui refèrent à des règles institutionnelles de securité et des moeurs. Un résumé sur les études récentes portant sur la compréhension morale et sur la résolution de conflits sociaux est offert, ainsi qu’une description de l’approche cognitive-développementale et de la théorie d’apprentissage sociale. Par la suite, l’auteure synthétise les résultats de sa recherche laquelle indique qu’il existe un haut niveau d’accord dans la compréhension des règles sociales entre les enfants et les adultes. Les implications majeures de cette étude sont analysées dans le contexte de l’éducation de la petite enfance.

Résumé

En este artículo la autora discute las formas de conflictos sociales que se prestan para regulaciones sociales especialmente aquellas que implican dilemas morales y aquellas que se refieren a reglas de costumbres, de seguridad y relativas a las instituciones. Se provee un resomen de los recientes estudios sobre comprehensión moral y resolución de conflictos sociales y se describre el enfoque cognitivodesarrollo integral y la teoría de aprendizaje social. La autora sintetiza luego los resultados de su investigación la cual indica que existe un alto grado de acuerdo en la comprehensión social entre los niños y los adultos. Se analizan las implicaciones mayores de este estudio dentro del campo de educación parvularia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Comstock DiMartino
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  1. 1.Baruch CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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