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ERIC Number: EJ1166195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Question, Explanation, Follow-Up: A Mechanism for Learning from Others?
Kurkul, Katelyn E.; Corriveau, Kathleen H.
Child Development, v89 n1 p280-294 Jan-Feb 2018
This study explored differences in caregiver-child interactions following children's information-seeking questions. Naturalistic speech from thirty-seven 4-year-olds and their caregivers was used to explore children's information-seeking questions, the caregiver's response, and children's subsequent follow-up. Half of the families were low-socioeconomic status (SES) and the other half were mid-SES. Although children across socioeconomic groups asked a similar proportion of questions, mid-SES caregivers offered significantly more explanatory responses to causal questions as well as more noncircular explanations than low-SES caregivers. No differences were found in children's follow-up to responses given to fact-based questions; however, after hearing unsatisfactory responses to causal questions, mid-SES children were significantly more likely to provide their own explanation. Such variability in caregiver-child interaction may have implications for subsequent learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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