Effects of cognitive conflict, socio-cognitive conflict and imitation on children's socio-legal thinking

Roy, A. W.N. and Howe, C. J. (1990) Effects of cognitive conflict, socio-cognitive conflict and imitation on children's socio-legal thinking. European Journal of Social Psychology, 20(3), pp. 241-252. (doi:10.1002/ejsp.2420200305)

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Abstract

The paper reports a study concerned with the effects of cognitive conflict, socio-cognitive conflict and imitation on children's socio-legal thinking. Nine-year-old children whose socio-legal thinking was lower level were paired with 9- and 11-year-old children whose socio-legal thinking was intermediate between lower and higher level for interaction in same sex dyads on legal transgression items. In total, 54 9-year-old children and 18 11-year olds participated in the study. An experimental board game was used for all dyadic interactions. The four investigative phases included a pre-test interview, dyadic interaction, one immediate and one delayed post-test interview. The results indicated no overall superiority of subjects who could engage in socio-cognitive conflict over subjects who were limited to cognitive conflict alone. In addition, lower and intermediate level subjects in both conflict conditions advanced over both post-tests compared to a control group, arguing against a straightforward imitation account. Elements of subjects' discourse during conflict were correlated with post-test advancement. Marked differences emerged between lows and intermediates for socio-cognitive conflict consonant with the constructivist view that social interactions and cognitive stages are interdependent. A complementary pattern of positive correlations emerged between discourse and cognitive conflict subjects' advancement.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Dr Archie
Authors: Roy, A. W.N., and Howe, C. J.
College/School:University Services > Student Services Division > Careers Service
Journal Name:European Journal of Social Psychology
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0046-2772
ISSN (Online):1099-0992
Published Online:09 July 2012

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