Emergent leadership and its influence on collaborative and individual reasoning

Jingjing Sun, Emmanuella Datu, Gary Warchola, Richard C Anderson

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Collaborative discussions that feature argumentation have been shown to benefit children’s reasoning skills and provide an optimal environment for children to strengthen their social skills including emergent leadership. As these social skills develop, it is unclear how they impact the cognitive benefits that children yield from participating in the collaborative discussions. This study examined the immediate and delayed impact of children’s emergent leadership on their reasoning at both the group and individual level. Results showed that among different leadership moves that emerged during collaborative discussions, topic control significantly influences whether the discussion group and individual children consider both sides of a controversial issue. The study implies positive influence of emergent leadership on children’s cognitive development during collaborative discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-980
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue number2018-June
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2018: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 23 2018Jun 27 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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