Culture, communication, and what children know

Michael Siegal

in Marvelous Minds

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582884
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702358 | DOI:
Culture, communication, and what children know

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This chapter examines universals in early human development. In doing so, it draws together work on precocious knowledge found in studies of children in different cultures, and focuses on ways of questioning children to discover what they know. The chapter stresses the impact of early access to language and conversation on children's knowledge in areas as varied as psychology and theory of mind, cosmology, biology, health and hygiene, the life and death process, and number and arithmetic. It also examines different interpretations for the quality and rate of learning in terms of methods of questioning children.

Keywords: precocious knowledge; children's knowledge; psychology; theory of mind; questioning children; children's learning

Chapter.  7026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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