ERIC Number: EJ656324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Matching and Naming Objects by Shape or Function: Age and Context Effects in Preschool Children.
Deak, Gedeon O.; Ray, Shanna D.; Pick, Anne D.
Developmental Psychology, v38 n4 p503-18 Jul 2002
Three experiments tested 3- and 4-year-olds' use of abstract principles to classify and label objects by shape or function. Findings indicated that 4-year-olds readily adopted either rule when instructed to match objects by shape or function, but 3-year-olds followed only the shape rule. Without a rule, 4-year-olds tended to match by shape unless object function was shown during matching. Three-year-olds were learning that object labels are based on function. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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