ERIC Number: EJ1089000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Imaginary Worlds in Middle Childhood: A Qualitative Study of Two Pairs of Coordinated Paracosms
Taylor, Marjorie; Mottweiler, Candice M.; Naylor, Emilee R.; Levernier, Jacob G.
Creativity Research Journal, v27 n2 p167-174 2015
Imagining alternatives to actual experiences is an important part of everyday life that can take many forms. One manifestation in middle childhood is the creation of elaborate imaginary worlds, called "paracosms." Retrospective reports of adults indicate that having a childhood paracosm is more commonly reported in individuals acknowledged for being highly creative. In this study, we interviewed four children aged 10 to 12 years with interconnected paracosms about the details of their imagined worlds. Our findings indicated that paracosms served as a platform for social activity with friends, a way to explore real world interests (e.g., geography, language), and a vehicle for engaging in creative pursuits (e.g., drawing, storytelling).
Descriptors: Preadolescents, Imagination, Semi Structured Interviews, Creativity, Creative Thinking, Verbal Ability, Intelligence Tests, Vocabulary, Case Studies, Gender Differences, Context Effect
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