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Parent-Child Talk about the Origins of Living Things

Tenenbaum, Harriet and Hohenstein, JM (2016) Parent-Child Talk about the Origins of Living Things Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 150. pp. 314-329.

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This study examined relations between 124 British children’s and their parents’ endorsements about the origins of three living things (human, non-human animal, plant) as reported on questionnaires. In addition to completing questionnaires, half of the sample discussed the origins of entities (n = 64) in parent-child dyads before completing the questionnaires. The 7-year-old age group endorsed creationism more than evolution and the 10-year-old age group endorsed both concepts equally for all three living things. Children’s endorsements were correlated with their parents’ endorsements for all three living things. Children’s endorsement of evolutionary theory was more closely related to parent-child conversational mentions of evolution than to parents’ endorsement of evolutionary theory in questionnaires. A similar pattern was found for children’s endorsement of creationism. Parent-child conversations did not consistently invoke evolution or creationism even when parents endorsed a particular theory. Findings are interpreted in relation to the pivotal role of joint collaborative conversation in children’s appropriation of scientific content.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date : 4 July 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jecp.2016.06.007
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Jun 2016 08:51
Last Modified : 11 Jul 2017 10:34

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