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ERIC Number: EJ794667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
The Development of Conceptual Interests in Young Children
Alexander, Joyce M.; Johnson, Kathy E.; Leibham, Mary E.; Kelley, Ken
Cognitive Development, v23 n2 p324-334 Apr-Jun 2008
We conducted a longitudinal analysis of the relative intensity and duration of interests associated with conceptual domains between the ages of 4 and 6 years, respectively. Results indicated a significant portion of preschool children do sustain an interest in conceptual domains during some portion of their childhood. Expected gender differences were found, with boys more likely to express an interest in a conceptual domain than girls. A latent growth curve analysis revealed that the probability of exhibiting a conceptual interest declined as school began, though the rate of that decline was similar for both boys and girls. Potential explanations for the decrease in conceptual interests as school begins are considered. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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