ERIC Number: ED338351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool Children's Memory for Repeated Changes in the Lunch Routine.
An experiment examined the possibilities that: (1) repeated deviations in a routine event become fused into the general event representation (GER) for that event; and (2) when deviations go unreported, it is because they have been forgotten. Preschool children were interviewed to get their script reports before and after repeated deviations in the lunch routine. During the second interview, they were asked questions about the changes. Although children's original scripts were not altered, they developed a new script that included the changes in the lunch routine. Children responded correctly to the positive change questions significantly more often than they were able to report change when asked for scripts. These results suggest that GERs are not easily altered, and when repeated deviations are not reported by preschoolers, it is not due to forgetting. Appended are five references and a table of quantitative data. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: Change, Memory, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Recall (Psychology), Recognition (Psychology)
Elisa Krackow, 107 Brent Drive, Wallingford, PA 19086.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: General Event Representation; Routine Events
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).