ERIC Number: EJ849171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Young Children's Use of Scale Models: Testing an Alternative to Representational Insight
Troseth, Georgene L.; Pickard, Megan E. Bloom; Deloache, Judy S.
Developmental Science, v10 n6 p763-769 Nov 2007
Using a symbolic object such as a model as a source of information about something else requires some appreciation of the relation between the symbol and what it represents. Representational insight has been proposed as essential to success in a symbolic retrieval task in which children must use information from a hiding event in a scale model to find a toy hidden in a room. The two studies reported here examine and reject a proposed alternative account for success in the model task. The results with 2.5-year-olds and 3-year-olds show that children's successful use of a scale model cannot be attributed to the simple detection of the correspondences between the objects in the two spaces. A higher-level representation of the model-room relation (i.e. representational insight) is required. The results are discussed with respect to the coalescence of multiple factors in determining performance in the model task.
Descriptors: Toddlers, Models, Knowledge Representation, Schematic Studies, Schemata (Cognition), Developmental Tasks, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Stages, Case Studies, Replication (Evaluation), Experimental Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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