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ERIC Number: EJ834741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
Made to Symbolize: Intentionality and Children's Early Understanding of Symbols
Sharon, Tanya
Journal of Cognition and Development, v6 n2 p163-178 May 2005
This experiment tested whether children's insight into a difficult symbolic relation could be increased by explicitly emphasizing the intentionality surrounding the artifact's creation and use. Specifically, I explicitly emphasized (a) the adult's intent to communicate information via the artifact and (b) the artifact's intentional origins and intended function. Both 36- and 30-month-olds showed significantly higher levels of insight compared to a control condition. The results suggest that by their 3rd year, children's sensitivity to intentionality can contribute to their symbolic understanding and development. (Contains 1 figure, 1 footnote and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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