ERIC Number: EJ786014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Children's Working Understanding of Knowledge Sources: Confidence in Knowledge Gained from Testimony
Robinson, E. J.; Haigh, S. N.; Nurmsoo, E.
Cognitive Development, v23 n1 p105-118 Jan 2008
In three experiments, children aged between 3 and 5 years (N = 38, 52, 94; mean ages 3-7 to 5-2) indicated their confidence in their knowledge of the identity of a hidden toy. With the exception of some 3-year-olds, children revealed working understanding of their knowledge source by showing high confidence when they had seen or felt the toy, and lower confidence when they had been told its identity by an apparently well-informed speaker. Correct explicit source reports were not necessary for children to show relative uncertainty when the speaker subsequently doubted the adequacy of his access to the toy. After a 2-min delay, 3-4-year-olds, unlike 4-5-year-olds, failed to see the implications of the speaker's doubt about his access.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Toys, Self Concept, Young Children, Cognitive Processes, Task Analysis
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