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Title: The Influence of Question Wording on Children’s Tendencies to Provide Teleological Explanations for Natural Phenomena
Authors: Halls, Jonathan
Ainsworth, Shaaron
Oliver, Mary
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Halls, J., Ainsworth, S., & Oliver, M. (2016). The Influence of Question Wording on Children’s Tendencies to Provide Teleological Explanations for Natural Phenomena In Looi, C. K., Polman, J. L., Cress, U., and Reimann, P. (Eds.). Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 2. Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Abstract: Young children often provide teleological explanations for Entities and Phenomena in the natural world; stating, for example, that snow is for making snowmen or nighttime is for going to sleep. However, research supporting this stance has employed questions that could be considered to be teleologically-leading, suggesting a partially inaccurate view of children's tendency to provide teleological explanations. This paper compares a teleologically-leading treatment (what is X for?) with an open-treatment (why is there X?), finding that the leading-treatment resulted in significantly more teleological explanations that the open-treatment. This suggests children's proposed bias to provide teleological rationales about the natural world may be being overestimated.
URI: https://repository.isls.org/handle/1/307
https://doi.dx.org/10.22318/icls2016.100
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