Searching and planning : young children's reasoning about past and future event sequences
McColgan, Kerry L. and McCormack, Teresa. (2008) Searching and planning : young children's reasoning about past and future event sequences. Child Development, Vol.79 (No.5). pp. 1477-1497. ISSN 0009-3920Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01200.x
Six experiments examined children's ability to make inferences using temporal order information. Children completed versions of a task involving a toy zoo; one version required reasoning about past events (search task) and the other required reasoning about future events (planning task). Children younger than 5 years failed both the search and the planning tasks, whereas 5-year-olds passed both (Experiments 1 and 2). However, when the number of events in the sequence was reduced (Experiment 3), 4-year-olds were successful on the search task but not the planning task. Planning difficulties persisted even when relevant cues were provided (Experiments 4 and 5). Experiment 6 showed that improved performance on the search task found in Experiment 3 was not due to the removal of response ambiguity.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Reasoning in children, Human information processing in children, Inference|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Child Development|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 1477-1497|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Arts & Humanities Research Council (Great Britain), Northern Ireland. Dept. for Employment and Learning|
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