Joint Activity as a Condition of Social Giftedness Development in Young Schoolchildren

Alla A. Gudzovskaya,  Institute for Research on Social Phenomena

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Gudzovskaya, A. A. (2017). Joint activity as a condition of social giftedness development in young schoolchildren. Social Phenomena. 2017  1(7), pp. 59-69.


The article discusses the conditions of social giftedness development and proposes the distinction between free cooperation and joint activity as two types of collective action. Results of the empirical study of cooperative skills in young schoolchildren are presented. The first stage of the study on 50 seven-year-olds tested the hypothesis about the efficiency of social skills development in L. V. Zankov system of developmental learning. The children in experimental group showed better developed skills of joint action with grown-ups (teachers) as well as with the peers in the situation of necessary interaction. The second stage of the study was aimed at the evaluation of joint action as a factor of developing social skills, joint action being organized as part of Zankov system of developmental learning. The children, who have developed the skills of joint action with grown-ups and peers, have a better idea of the social sphere of life compared to the children in the traditional learning system. The idea of themselves as human beings expressed by the children in experimental group includes the notions of the meaning of life, of essential human qualities. When speaking, they use the position of the author more frequently compared to their peers.

Keywords: social giftedness, social competency, collective actions, joint activity, developmental learning.

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