Topic 2 Child-driven and adult-driven activities

Child-driven activities:

  • better self-directed control, even after controlling for age, verbal ability, and household income

  • children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue

Adult-driven activities:

  • could slow the development of self-directed control, since adults in such scenarios can provide external cues and reminders about what should happen, and when

  • children acquiesce to adult rules and concerns and lose some of the benefits play offers them, particularly in developing creativity, leadership, and group skills.

Different types of activities:

  • child-driven (less structured because they naturally arise)

  • adult-driven (more structured because they are pre-set or guided by an adult)