08 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 Teaching Babies Science

But we also have some more direct evidence for the idea that children learn like scientists. Alison and Virginia Slaughter, one of her students, looked at three-year-old children who didn't yet fully understand belief—children who still said they had always thought that there were pencils in the candy box. Then, over the course of a few weeks, Virginia gave the children systematic evidence that their predictions were false. She told them firmly that they hadn't said pencils at all, they had...
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Having children predict something and then systematically demonstrating how their prediction is false makes them more capable of understanding how beliefs work.