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ERIC Number: EJ1078715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
Theory of Mind and Language of Mind in Narratives: Developmental Trends from Kindergarten to Primary School
Gamannossi, Beatrice Accorti; Pinto, Giuliana
First Language, v34 n3 p262-272 Jun 2014
Narrative competence can be considered an indicator of children's knowledge about other people's minds. The present study investigates the relations between, on the one hand, children's narrative competence and their second order language of mind (comprehension of deception) and, on the other, their developmental trends from kindergarten to primary school. Participants in the study included 142 Italian-speaking children (63 attending their last year in kindergarten and 79 attending first grade in primary school). Children were given a narrative task containing a deception. The ability to detect and comprehend deception increased significantly from kindergarten to primary school. Regression analyses showed that narrative competence influences the comprehension of deception. Findings confirm the importance of narratives as a research tool and the possibility to use mental language to assess different levels of theory of mind mastery.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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