Ori Friedman
University of Waterloo
We report two experiments investigating how 3- to 5-year-olds learn general knowledge from pretend play—how they learn about kinds of things from information about particular individuals in pretend play. Children watched pretend-play enactments in which animals showed certain behaviors or heard utterances conveying the same information. When children were subsequently asked about who shows the behavior, children who watched pretend play were more likely to give generic responses than were children who heard the utterances. These findings show that children generalize information from pretend play to kinds even without being prompted to think about kinds, that pretend play can be informative about familiar kinds, and also that pretend play is a more potent source for general knowledge than are utterances about individuals. 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
Keywords *Childhood Development  *Childhood Play Behavior  *Learning Strategies  *Pretend Play  *Knowledge  Preschool Students  Recreation
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DOI 10.1016/j.jecp.2016.05.004 ER -
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