Children As Teachers. Theory and Research on Tutoring by Vernon L. Allen

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I had answered the Who am I? question ("teacher of Abnormal Psychology 168") by assuming the answer to the Who are you? question: that members of the audience were students registered for the course in Abnormal Psychology 168. In fact, the room was filled with first-year dentistry students. Needless to say, the concept of social identity is an important one. Alienation, deviant conduct, powerlessness, and similar conceptions have their roots in the social, economic, and political antecedents to seeking answers to questions of the form Who am I?

With the approach of sub-adulthood, the peer contacts of both sexes come increasingly to involve adult-like behavior rather than the rough-and-tumble activities of earlier childhood, but cross-age contacts change relatively little. Female interest in young infants intensifies further at the time of first oestrus. Baboon The infant baboon is heavily shielded from contact with other immature members of the species until at least 6 months after birth (this neonatal isolation is much more complete than in the case of the infant langur).

As an incentive for enacting the role of older "brothers and sisters" to the younger students, the older children's performance of these duties are considered in evaluating their school performance. The "adoption" system also is extended to the adult world; a shop or factory or some other group of adults takes responsibility for a group of school children. During their spare time these adults engage in a variety of activities with the children. Using such procedures would be quite feasible in this country, and would contribute significantly toward breaking down existing barriers to social interaction between younger and older children and between children and adults.

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