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ERIC Number: EJ1039383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Conversation and Object Manipulation Influence Children's Learning in a Museum
Jant, Erin A.; Haden, Catherine A.; Uttal, David H.; Babcock, Elizabeth
Child Development, v85 n5 p2029-2045 Sep-Oct 2014
The effects of parent-child conversation and object manipulation on children's learning, transfer of knowledge, and memory were examined in two museum exhibits and conversations recorded at home. Seventy-eight children (M[subscript age] = 4.9) and their parents were randomly assigned to receive conversation cards featuring elaborative questions about exhibit objects, the physical objects themselves, both, or neither, before their exhibit visits. Dyads who received the cards engaged in more elaborative talk and joint nonverbal activities with objects in the first exhibit than those who did not. Dyads who received objects engaged in the most parent-child joint talk. Results also illustrate transfer of information across exhibits and from museum to home. Implications for understanding mechanisms of informal learning and transfer are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1123411