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Cook, C. et al. (2011) Where science starts: Spontaneous experiments in preschoolers’ exploratory play (Journal Article)

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Date:
January 2011
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Volume:
120
Page/s:
341-349
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  • Developmental outcomes
  • Experimental
  • Exploratory play
  • Object play
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Schulz, L. et al. (2007) Serious fun: Preschoolers engage in more exploratory play when evidence is confounded (Journal Article)

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Researchers, educators, and parents have long believed that children learn cause and effect relationships through exploratory play. However, previous research suggests that children are poor at designing informative experiments; children fail to control relevant variables and tend to alter multiple variables simultaneously. Thus, little is known about how children's spontaneous exploration might support accurate causal inferences. Here the authors suggest that children's exploratory play is affected by the quality of the evidence they observe. Using a novel free-play paradigm, the authors show that preschoolers (mean age: 57 months) distinguish confounded and unconfounded evidence, preferentially explore causally confounded (but not matched unconfounded) toys rather than novel toys, and spontaneously disambiguate confounded variables in the course of free play.

Date:
January 2007
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
43
Page/s:
1045-1050
Synonyms:
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Exploratory play
  • Free play
  • Learning
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Shneidman, L. et al. (2016) Learning From Others and Spontaneous Exploration: A Cross-Cultural Investigation (Journal Article)

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Date:
January 2016
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
87
Page/s:
723-735
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