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Building Understanding: The Construction of Joint Attention in Preschool

  • Author(s): Lowi, Rosamina
  • et al.

A multi-layered discourse analysis of the interaction of three to five-year-old children in two preschools reveals a highly structured process occurring between the children and their caretakers to build and maintain joint attention. This process, serving to promote socialization into preschool, is constructed through language, gaze, intonation, and physical embodiment.

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