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Children teaching children

Journal article
Authors Pia Williams
Published in Early Child Development and Care
Volume 177
Issue 1
Pages 43-70
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Education, Learning and Teaching Unit
Pages 43-70
Language en
Keywords Children, Peer learning, Phenomenography, Teaching process
Subject categories Pedagogy


This study describes children's awareness of what it means to teach a game to a peer where the act of teaching becomes expression of the child's possible awareness. Awareness is defined as the attention to different aspects of the teaching process shown by the teaching child, sometimes through their own verbal reflection. This implies an interpretation of the child's spontaneous actions and expressions in a specific situation, which the child chooses to focus on. The interpretation resulted in a qualitative description of four children's ways of teaching a peer the game of Chinese Checkers. The idea of teaching someone something was observed in all four of the teaching children but it is not a homogeneous process. All four teaching children show a deliberate goal to bring about a change in the learning child. The children have different goals with the task and differ from each other depending on what their goals are.

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