Revisiting preschoolers’ living things concept: A microgenetic analysis of conceptual change in basic biology

@article{Opfer2004RevisitingPL,
  title={Revisiting preschoolers’ living things concept: A microgenetic analysis of conceptual change in basic biology},
  author={John Opfer and Robert S. Siegler},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  year={2004},
  volume={49},
  pages={301-332}
}
Many preschoolers know that plants and animals share basic biological properties, but this knowledge does not usually lead them to conclude that plants, like animals, are living things. To resolve this seeming paradox, we hypothesized that preschoolers largely base their judgments of life status on a biological property, capacity for teleological action, but that few preschoolers realize that plants possess this capacity. To test the hypothesis, we taught 5-year-olds one of four biological… CONTINUE READING

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