Age Differences in Turn-Taking Behavior of Preschool Children Playing a Fishing Game
67 , 2016-03-16
Turn-taking behavior in preschool children playing a fishing game was investigated. Participants were four-year-old (n = 33) and five-year-old (n = 36) children. Same-sexed and same-aged children were grouped into 23 triads, such that triads with children born between April and July of the same year were categorized as “early born,” and triads with children born between December and March were categorized as “later born.” After grouping, participants were requested to play a fishing game. Turn-taking behaviors when using a fishing pole were recorded and analyzed and categorized into three types: turn-taking for one act, turn-taking for all acts, and random turn-taking. Results indicated that older triads tended to take turns for one act, whereas younger triads tended to take turn for all acts, or take turns randomly. Leadership behaviors did not differ between ages in month groups. However later born triads tended to have more troubles and obstruct others behaviors . These findings suggest that later born triads have immature skills of peer regulation.