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ERIC Number: EJ572365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Intention and Knowledge in Preschoolers' Conception of Pretend.
Joseph, Robert M.
Child Development, v69 n4 p966-80 Aug 1998
Three experiments examined 3- to 5-year olds' understanding of the intended nature of pretend behavior. Found that 4-year olds understood intention as a mental cause of action and construed pretend behaviors mentalistically, but systematically associated ignorance of a specific animal with pretending to be that animal. Concludes that Lillard's (1995) research tasks underestimated children's appreciation of the mental features of pretend. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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