Why things happen: teleological explanation in parent-child conversations.

@article{Kelemen2005WhyTH,
  title={Why things happen: teleological explanation in parent-child conversations.},
  author={D. Kelemen and M. Callanan and Krista Casler and D. Perez-Granados},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={
          251-64
        }
}
Research indicates that young children, unlike adults, have a generalized tendency to view not only artifacts but also living and nonliving natural phenomena as existing for a purpose. To further understand this tendency's origin, the authors explored parents' propensity to invoke teleological explanation during explanatory conversations with their children. Over 2 weeks, Mexican-descent mothers were interviewed about question-answer exchanges with their preschool children. Analyses revealed… Expand
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