Serious fun: preschoolers engage in more exploratory play when evidence is confounded.

@article{Schulz2007SeriousFP,
  title={Serious fun: preschoolers engage in more exploratory play when evidence is confounded.},
  author={Laura E Schulz and Elizabeth Baraff Bonawitz},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2007},
  volume={43 4},
  pages={
          1045-50
        }
}
Researchers, educators, and parents have long believed that children learn cause and effect relationships through exploratory play. However, previous research suggests that children are poor at designing informative experiments; children fail to control relevant variables and tend to alter multiple variables simultaneously. Thus, little is known about how children's spontaneous exploration might support accurate causal inferences. Here the authors suggest that children's exploratory play is… CONTINUE READING

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