Australian children are developing into adolescents and young adults who cannot see their own competence. Their self-efficacy and willingness to “have a go” do not compare well to children from other countries just at the time when the world increasingly requires them to deal with complexity, ambiguity and unfamiliar demands. So what’s stopping them? The way that children develop an understanding of who is “like me” and who is not changes the way they see themselves and their competence. It influences each decision they make about what they will, and won’t, give a try.
How can we respond to the challenge? Of course, there is no such thing as “best practice”; that would be too simplistic and child development is too complex for that. However, research from around the world is indicating that collaboration in small-groups can help unlock the problem. Collaboration changes the way children approach a challenge, the way they think and how they understand what is “like-me.” In doing so, it can play a role in helping children hold on to their own competence in the early years and beyond.
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