The Tooth Fairy Comes, Or is it Just your Mum and Dad?”: A Child's Construction of Knowledge

  title={The Tooth Fairy Comes, Or is it Just your Mum and Dad?”: A Child's Construction of Knowledge},
  author={Joy L. Cullen and Helen Hedges},
  journal={Australasian Journal of Early Childhood},
  pages={19 - 24}
Sociocultural theory promotes a view of children as capable and competent learners who construct their knowledge through participation in authentic, meaningful social experiences. This article describes one child's search for understanding about the ‘tooth fairy’, sea creatures, and principles of physics. The child's inquiries demonstrate that prior knowledge contributes to individual learning, motivation and collaborative meaning-making that lead to expanded knowledge. The child's knowledge… Expand
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