ERIC Number: EJ464491
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1993
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Young Children's Conceptualization of Pretense: Action or Mental Representational State?
Lillard, Angeline S.
Child Development, v64 n2 p372-86 Apr 1993
Four experiments confirmed the widely accepted hypothesis that, although children as young as two engage in pretend play, even four and five year olds do not understand that pretending requires mental representation. Children appear to misconstrue pretense as its common external manifestations, such as actions, until at least age six. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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