ERIC Number: ED423991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
The Structure of Narrative and Young Children's Understanding of False Belief.
Szarkowicz, Diane Louise
This study examined the relationship between the structure of narrative and false belief understanding in young children. A group of 109 children between 38 and 63 months were randomly assigned to one of two groups. Children in the first group watched a story on video, while children in the second group shared the same story in book format. The children also completed two traditional false belief tasks. The results indicated that the structure of the narrative was important to predicting performance, with significantly more children in the video group than in the book group demonstrating an understanding of false belief. There was no significant difference between groups in receptive language ability, or performance on second order and traditional false belief questions. Unlike many investigations of false belief understanding which have indicated that age is an important predictor, this study did not find age to be significant. (Contains 10 references.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Meetings (15th, Berne, Switzerland, July 1-4, 1998).