2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Scaffolding Behaviors and Attitudes Concerning Parent and Child Interactions
Lisa M. Schlereth*, Kristin L. Brueckmann, Jennifer A. Trumpet, and Megan A. Wiese
Dr. David B. Conner, Faculty Mentor

In this study we examined parent and child scaffolding interactions and related attitudes. We presented 48 parent-child pairs (4 men and 44 women, 22 boys and 26 girls) with a problem-solving task in which the parent worked with the child in assembling a Tangram. Each pair also completed a questionnaire after observing video-taped scaffolding behaviors. In Conner, Knight, and Cross’s study (1997), mothers and fathers exhibited equally effective contingent dyadic behaviors in problem-solving and literacy tasks with their children. Conner and Cross’s study (2003) showed similar findings to the aforementioned study and also demonstrated more child success across a variety of tasks. For the current study we plan to compare our results from interaction tasks and scaffolding attitude measures to those of the previous studies and examine any trends in parent-child scaffolding behaviors and attitudes.

Keywords: scaffolding, parent-child, interactions, problem solving

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 24-3
Location: OP 2210
Time: 10:30

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