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ERIC Number: EJ1007228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
The Effect of Delay and Individual Differences on Children's Tendency to Guess
Waterman, Amanda H.; Blades, Mark
Developmental Psychology, v49 n2 p215-226 Feb 2013
Few researchers have investigated the factors that influence children's tendency to indicate correctly when they do not know the answer to a question. In this study, 5- to 8-year-olds witnessed a staged event in their classroom and were subsequently interviewed about that event either the following day or after 5 months. Some of the questions were answerable based on the information in the event, and some were unanswerable such that children would have had to guess to provide an answer. Individual-difference measures were taken of children's verbal ability and self-perceptions. Delay, verbal ability, and children's self-perceptions all affected whether children correctly indicated when they did not know the answer to a question. (Contains 3 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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