ERIC Number: ED453932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Preschoolers' Emerging Awareness of the Human Mind's Functions: When? Why? and How?
Brunner, Joan N.; Moore, Elsie G. J.
The purpose of this study was to determine age-related differences in preschoolers' emerging awareness of the human mind's functions. The study predicted that preschoolers are gradually becoming aware of their own mind functions and those of others. Forty children (mean age in months = 54.1; mean age in years = 4.51) were observed and questioned while playing three games with their caregivers. The children were evaluated on their total responses in each game situation and on each question to determine why there were significant differences as the children's ages increased by month and significant differences when comparing age groups. Regression and analysis of variance comparing the children by age in months and comparing the responses of the three age groups to the dichotomous questions in each situation indicated that preschoolers are expressing an emerging awareness of the human mind's functions. The younger children were more often in the value-sensing rather than intellectual mode of development, which explains the gradual increasing of the regression line and the significant difference between the three age groups. The transcribed and coded video/audiotaped data also suggested how preschoolers develop their awareness of the human mind's functions by being attuned to, attending to, remembering, reflecting, inferring, and being introspective about their environment. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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