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ERIC Number: EJ828047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
"They Danced around in My Head and I Learned Them": Children's Developing Conceptions of Learning
Sobel, David M.; Li, Jin; Corriveau, Kathleen H.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v8 n3 p345-369 Jul 2007
Two studies examined how 3-6-year-olds understand the process of learning. In study 1 examined how children spontaneously talk about learning via a CHILDES language analysis. Talk about the learning process increased between the ages of 3-5. Talk specifically about learning in terms of desire decreased during this period. This suggests the possibility that desire is important to children's initial understanding of learning, and children develop an understanding that various mental states including desire, attention, and intention, play a role in the learning process. In Study 2, we presented 4- and 6-year-olds with a set of stories designed to test their understanding of the role of these mental states. In both their judgments about whether someone learns and their justifications of their responses, younger children relied more on the character's desires whereas older children were more likely to integrate desire, attention, and intention together. These data suggest that children's understanding of the process of learning is developing during the early elementary school years. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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