Conversation – Extending vocabulary
Sustained shared thinking, serve and return, and cognitive reciprocity are swanky complex terms used in educational and developmental psychology contexts. Still, at their core, they can be seen as fancy ways of describing the concept of conversation.
Let’s break them down:
- Sustained Shared Thinking: This refers to a process where two or more individuals engage in a back-and-forth exchange of ideas, thoughts, or problem-solving in a focused and extended manner. It’s like having a conversation that involves active participation and collaboration.
- Serve and Return: This term is often used in the context of early childhood development, especially when referring to interactions between caregivers (parents, teachers) and young children. “Serve” is when a child initiates communication, and “return” is the caregiver’s responsive communication back to the child. This back-and-forth interaction is similar to having a conversation.
- Cognitive Reciprocity: This term implies a mutual exchange of cognitive processes between individuals, where each person’s thoughts, ideas, or perspectives influence and respond to the others. It’s like having a conversation where both parties actively contribute and influence each other’s thinking.
So, while these terms might seem sophisticated, they lack utility because parents and many teachers still need to get it. Keep it simple – conversation. So next time you’re at dinner with the family, rather than have a serve and return, or sustained shared thinking or cognitive reciprocity, why not chat?