Learning From Fantasy and Real Characters in Preschool and Kindergarten

@article{Richert2009LearningFF,
  title={Learning From Fantasy and Real Characters in Preschool and Kindergarten},
  author={Rebekah A. Richert and Alison B. Shawber and Ruth E. Hoffman and Marjorie Taylor},
  journal={Journal of Cognition and Development},
  year={2009},
  volume={10},
  pages={41 - 66}
}
In three experiments, 3½- to 6-year-old children were presented with analogical problems in which the protagonists were either real people or fantasy characters. Children were more likely to transfer solutions from the stories about real people rather than the stories about fantasy characters. These results suggest that the use of a fantasy character might not be an effective strategy for teaching children information that is meant to be applied to the real world. 

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