ERIC Number: EJ938659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Young Children's Learning and Transfer of Biological Information from Picture Books to Real Animals
Ganea, Patricia A.; Ma, Lili; DeLoache, Judy S.
Child Development, v82 n5 p1421-1433 Sep-Oct 2011
Preschool children (N = 104) read a book that described and illustrated color camouflage in animals (frogs and lizards). Children were then asked to indicate and explain which of 2 novel animals would be more likely to fall prey to a predatory bird. In Experiment 1, 3- and 4-year-olds were tested with pictures depicting animals in camouflage and noncamouflage settings; in Experiment 2, 4-year-olds were tested with real animals. The results show that by 4 years of age, children can learn new biological facts from a picture book. Of particular importance, transfer from books to real animals was found. These findings point to the importance that early book exposure can play in framing and increasing children's knowledge about the world.
Descriptors: Animals, Picture Books, Preschool Children, Science Instruction, Transfer of Training, Cognitive Development, Child Development, Animal Behavior, Knowledge Level
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