US Mexican children working together: Cultural patterns in group organization and forms of interaction

1.3 Learning, knowledge and agency
Poster in a Structured Poster Session (SPS)
Tuesday Aug 29   01:30 PM to 03:30 PM (2 hours)
We examined patterns of collaboration and conflict among 8-year-old children from U.S. Mexican heritage families playing video games in groups of 4 on 2 computers. Each group was shown how to play then left to figure out the game themselves. They were not told how to organize turns, nor with whom to play. The video was coded in 5-second segments where coders identified how many children were on each computer, how they negotiated participation, and how they communicated. Preliminary analysis suggests children from families familiar with LOPI collaborated more often, often to the extent that multiple children were actively controlling the moves. This was less common among children whose families were familiar with school ways, who were more likely to discourage others from participating or helping when it was not “their turn” and more likely to engage in competitive interactions. These patterns seem related to familial participation in LOPI and may be changing as people participate in Western forms of schooling.
California State University, Long Beach
California State University