The thesis examines what children negotiate over, how they negotiate and the strategies they use. The results show that young children are skilled negotiators.
Torgeir Alvestad has looked into how young children learn, through play, which negotiation strategies are appropriate and which aren’t.Purpose of negotiations
The study looked at children aged two and three. In their negotiations they demonstrated invention, creativity, enthusiasm, industry, involvement, activity and problem-solving strategies.
The results show that children’s negotiations form part of their play, and that these negotiations have a clear purpose: to agree on both how they can be together in their play and the content of their play.Do not intervene
“What’s more, adults shouldn’t intervene thinking that there’s a conflict between the children, as it is frequently a negotiation that’s happening, which requires a different approach.”Agreement or disagreement
Link to thesis http://hdl.handle.net/2077/22228
Torgeir Alvestad will be presenting the thesis “Preschool relationships – young children as competent participants in negotiations” at the Department of Education at the University of Gothenburg.
For more information, please contact, Torgeir Alvestad+46 709 490542
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