Guest Lecture: "How Toddlers Adjust to the Learning Affordances of Peer-Peer and Adult-Child Interaction"

On Friday, March 10, 2017, a guest lecture takes place as part of the new Research Colloquium at the LFE.

Herr Gregor Stöber (Max-Planck-Institut for evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig) will present the topic:

“How Toddlers Adjust to the Learning Affordances of Peer-Peer and Adult-Child Interaction: Comparing Communicative Skills Across Social Contexts”

When? Friday, March 10, 2017 | 11:15 – 12:45 a.m.
Where? Universität Leipzig, Erziehungswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Marschnerstraße 31, Haus 3, Raum 301 („Turmzimmer”), D-04109 Leipzig

Throughout the second year of life, infants’ and toddlers’ encounters with age-mates provide opportunities for social learning that are qualitatively different from the structured interactions they have with adult caregivers. The distinct social affordances that interactions with peer and adult partners provide are likely to shape the expectations and motivations with which young children will engage in both social contexts subsequently. By testing two-year-olds with adults and age-mates under matched conditions, we might be able to elicit differences in behavior that are reflective of such early acquired learning biases and that have the potential to inform a variety of debates on social learning and communicative development broadly construed. In my talk, I would like to present three studies and an ongoing project speaking to this conceptual frame by testing two- and three-year-olds’ propensity to follow gaze, use informative pointing gestures or learn through imitation from peer and adult models. The findings will be discussed in the light of work on children’s early preparedness for and active contribution to social learning in infant-caregiver interactions.

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