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ERIC Number: EJ781433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Developing Symbolic Capacity One Step at a Time
Huttenlocher, Janellen; Vasilyeva, Marina; Newcombe, Nora; Duffy, Sean
Cognition, v106 n1 p1-12 Jan 2008
The present research examines the ability of children as young as 4 years to use models in tasks that require scaling of distance along a single dimension. In Experiment 1, we found that tasks involving models are similar in difficulty to those involving maps that we studied earlier (Huttenlocher, J., Newcombe, N., & Vasilyeva, M. (1999). Spatial scaling in young children. "Psychological Science, 10," 393-398). In Experiment 2, we found that retrieval tasks, where children indicate the location of a hidden object in an actual space are substantially more difficult than placement tasks, where children put a visible object in a particular location in an actual space. We discuss possible implications of the differential difficulty of retrieval and placement tasks for the understanding of symbolic development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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