ERIC Number: EJ1052168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Children's Understandings of Characters' Beliefs in Persuasive Arguments: Links with Gender and Theory of Mind
Kolodziejczyk, Anna M.; Bosacki, Sandra L.
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n4 p564-579 2015
This study investigated the role of gender plays in the relation between children's theory of mind (ToM) and persuasion. We explored children's use of the belief information of the characters involved within a persuasive situation. In two studies, children (four- to eight-year-olds) performed a comic strip task that described a persuasive situation. Results showed that the relations between ToM scores and persuasion abilities differed according to gender. First-order false-belief understanding and persuaded parent belief-relevant argument choices were significantly higher correlated in females (r (80)?=?0.35, p?<?0.001) than in males (r (77)?=?0.10, p?=?0.31). Results suggest complex gendered patterns among the relations between ToM and persuasion abilities. Implications for further research on the role of gender in ToM and persuasion are discussed.
Descriptors: Beliefs, Persuasive Discourse, Gender Differences, Theory of Mind, Sex Role, Early Childhood Education, Cartoons, Correlation, Social Development, Middle Class, Interviews, Expressive Language, Task Analysis, Literary Devices, Role Playing, Young Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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