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ERIC Number: EJ812853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Understanding the Truth about Subjectivity
Rowley, Martin; Robinson, Elizabeth J.
Social Development, v16 n4 p741-757 Nov 2007
Results of two experiments show children's understanding of diversity in personal preference is incomplete. Despite acknowledging diversity, in Experiment 1 (N = 108), six- and eight-year-old children were less likely than adults to see preference as a legitimate basis for personal tastes and more likely to say a single truth could be found about a matter of taste. In Experiment 2 (N = 96), seven- and nine-year-olds were less likely than 11- and 13-year-olds to say a dispute about a matter of preference might not be resolved. These data suggest that acceptance of the possibility of diversity does not indicate an adult-like understanding of subjectivity. An understanding of the relative emphasis placed on objective and subjective factors in different contexts continues to develop into adolescence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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