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Children’s concepts of the physical world


Wilkening, F (2009). Children’s concepts of the physical world. In: Shweder, R A. The child: An encyclopaedic companion. Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press, 195-197.

Abstract

Children have concepts of the physical world long before they enter school, and in the course of further development these rudimentary concepts typically change in everyday settings, even without formal instruction. This kind of knowledge is often termed “intuitive physics.” Understanding children’s concepts about the physical world is valuable for both practical and theoretical reasons. Practically, adequate physical concepts have a high survival value. This becomes evident if one imagines what would happen if a child did not have at least rudimentary knowledge about, for example, the relations that exist between time, speed, and distance in space. Moreover, it is of practical interest if and how these implicit or intuitive forms of knowledge can serve as a basis to build upon in educational endeavors.

Abstract

Children have concepts of the physical world long before they enter school, and in the course of further development these rudimentary concepts typically change in everyday settings, even without formal instruction. This kind of knowledge is often termed “intuitive physics.” Understanding children’s concepts about the physical world is valuable for both practical and theoretical reasons. Practically, adequate physical concepts have a high survival value. This becomes evident if one imagines what would happen if a child did not have at least rudimentary knowledge about, for example, the relations that exist between time, speed, and distance in space. Moreover, it is of practical interest if and how these implicit or intuitive forms of knowledge can serve as a basis to build upon in educational endeavors.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:28 Feb 2010 13:05
Last Modified:28 Jun 2022 08:18
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISBN:978-0-226-47539-4
Additional Information:© University of Chicago Press
OA Status:Green
  • Content: Accepted Version