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Children's working understanding of knowledge sources : confidence in knowledge gained from testimony

By Elizabeth J. Robinson, S. N. Haigh and Erika Nurmsoo


In three experiments children aged between 3 and 5 years (N = 38; 52; 94; mean ages 3;7 to 5;2) indicated their confidence in their knowledge of the identity of a hidden toy. With the exception of some 3-year-olds, children revealed working understanding of their knowledge source by showing high confidence when they had seen or felt the toy, and lower confidence when they had been told its identity by an apparently well-informed speaker, especially when the speaker subsequently doubted the adequacy of his access to the toy. After a 2-minute delay, 3-to 4- year olds, unlike\ud 4- to 5-year-olds, failed to see the implications of the speaker’s doubt about his access

Topics: BF
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:57

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