We're going to the zoo:Interactive educational activities with animals boost category-based induction in children

Badger, Julia R. and Shapiro, Laura R. (2019). We're going to the zoo:Interactive educational activities with animals boost category-based induction in children. Cognitive Development, 49 , pp. 1-10.

Abstract

We investigated whether category-based induction can be enhanced through educational activities with real-life animals. Four induction tasks involving pictures of real and novel biological kinds were administered to 252 children aged 5- to 7- years, split across two testing sessions. Between these two testing sessions, 129 of these children took part in a zoo-based educational activity where their attention was directed towards the importance of non-obvious category features. In the first testing session, older children made significantly more category inferences, consistent with developmental accounts of category-based induction. In the second testing session, there was a greater increase in category-based induction decisions made by children in the training condition. We suggest that category-based induction could be driven by an accumulation of category knowledge which leads to a deeper understanding of the importance of category features.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2018.10.003
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
Life & Health Sciences > Vision, Hearing and Language
Additional Information: © 2018, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Category,Child development,Education,Induction,Training,Experimental and Cognitive Psychology,Developmental and Educational Psychology
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Published Online Date: 2019-01-01
Published Date: 2019-01-01
Authors: Badger, Julia R.
Shapiro, Laura R. ( 0000-0002-3276-457X)

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