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ERIC Number: ED161552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 97
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The Effects of Novelty on the Young Child's Exploration of Objects.
Butler, Katie Best
This study investigated the effects of novelty on young children's exploration of commonplace, 3-dimensional objects. The exploration of novel and familiar objects was compared and the pattern of the exploration of the novel object over a period of time was examined in order to test two hypotheses: (1) that novel objects elicit more exploration from young children than familiar objects, and (2) that there is a decline in the exploration of novel objects due to repeated exposure over time. Subjects were 15 boys and 15 girls (aged 54 to 60 months) from low-income black families, enrolled in a day care center. All subjects completed 8 individual observation sessions of 10 minutes each occurring twice daily for 4 consecutive days. Four initial 10-minute sessions were used to familiarize the subjects with two assigned objects. The subsequent 4 sessions were then used to present the third, novel object simultaneously with the familiar objects. A check list was used for recording the exploration of each object at the end of each 10-second enterval. Novelty and familiarity were selected as the independent variables, while the mean difference scores for the 4 final sessions were considered the dependent variables. Results supported the first hypothesis but not the second. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Houston