The mediated learning experience (MLE) in a tgree generational perspective

Author
Isman, E.

Previous research has shown that mediated learning experience (MLE) strategies are
important for the development of cognitive skills. Theoretically, grandparents have a
significant role in the intergenerational transmission of MLE strategies. The purpose of
this study is to investigate the resemblances and unique characteristics of mothers’ and
grandmothers’ MLE strategies. A sample of 52 Israeli families composed of mother–
child and maternal grandmother–child dyads were videotaped at home in two
conditions: free play and structured (the same child was observed in each dyad). The
interactions were analysed using the observation of mediated interaction (OMI). Higher
levels of MLE strategies were found during free play than in the structured condition.
Positive correlations between grandmothers’ and mothers’ MLE strategies were found
under both conditions. However, grandmothers provided a higher level of MLE
strategies forintentionality and reciprocity, meaning, and transcendence, but less mediation
ofregulation of behaviourthan mothers. It is concluded that these differences may be the
result of either differences in the perceived roles of mothers and grandmothers, or
differences in the levels of experience of mothers and grandmothers.

Isman, E., & Tzuriel, D. (2008).

The mediated learning experience (MLE) in a three generational perspectiveBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology, 26, 545-560.

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