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ERIC Number: EJ1260345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Children Learn from Both Embodied and Passive Pretense: A Replication and Extension
Thompson, Brittany N.; Goldstein, Thalia R.
Child Development, v91 n4 p1364-1374 Jul-Aug 2020
Research suggests that children can learn new information via pretense. However, a fundamental problem with existing studies is that children are passive receivers of the pretense rather than active, engaged participants. This preregistered study replicates previous learning from pretense findings (Sutherland & Friedman, 2012, "Child Development"), in which children are passive observers of pretense, and extends to two additional conditions that require children to partially (with puppets) or fully (with costumes) embody a character. Children (N = 144, 24-79 months) learned equally well, and better than those in the control condition, from all three play scenarios. At a 2-week follow-up, learning was equally retained across embodiment conditions for older, but not younger, preschoolers. Future research should consider embodiment's role for more complex material.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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