We would like to thank Sylvain Dionnet and Kaj Noschis for their collaboration in this experiment which was carried out within the scope of contract no. 1.343.0.76 with the F.N.R.S.
Socio-cognitive conflict and structure of individual and collective performances
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1978 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 181–192, April/June 1978
How to Cite
Mugny, G. and Doise, W. (1978), Socio-cognitive conflict and structure of individual and collective performances. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 8: 181–192. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2420080204
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 22 FEB 1977
- Manuscript Received: 24 SEP 1975
A previous experiment (Doise, Mugny and Perret-Clermont, 1975) has shown that pairs of subjects perform better on a spatial representation task than subjects alone. As a conclusion the hypothesis was put forward that conflicts of cognitive centrations, embedded in a social situation, lead children to coordinate their centrations. The present research was planned to verify several predictions following from this general hypothesis. Results show that indeed more progress takes place when children with different cognitive strategies work together than when children with the same strategies do so, and that not only the less advanced but also the more advanced child progresses when they interact with each other.