Emergent Leadership in Children's Cooperative Problem Solving Groups

Jingjng Sun, Richard C. Anderson, Michelle Perry, Tzu Jung Lin

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Social skills involved in leadership were examined in a problem-solving activity in which 252 Chinese 5th-graders worked in small groups on a spatial-reasoning puzzle. Results showed that students who engaged in peer-managed small-group discussions of stories prior to problem solving produced significantly better solutions and initiated significantly more effective leadership than control students. A mediation analysis suggested that it was because of effective leadership that groups who had experienced discussions achieved better problem solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-235
Number of pages24
JournalCognition and Instruction
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • General Psychology


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