Invited Speaker at the Ministry of Education Research & Evaluation Strategy
Picture books as a source of knowledge for young children’s learning about science Children enter school with many isolated facts and misconceptions. What they are missing is a viable conceptual framework to link some of their isolated concepts together and … Continued
A Toddler’s Fun Experience Helping Scientists
A recent CBC article about a parent and a child rewarding and fun experience as a research subject at the Language and Learning Lab. Check it out!
60 Second Science: Kids Books May Cause Confusion about Animals – Interview with Scientific American
Peter Rabbit and his sisters live in a hole—a hole in which they sleep in beds and drink chamomile tea. Cute, right? But such anthropomorphizing can have a surprising influence on how youngsters learn about animals… Listen to the rest … Continued
60 Second Science: Illustrated Story Teaches Young Kids Natural Selection – Interview with Scientific American
Scientific American posted a 60 second science podcast about Dr. Ganea’s article on Natural Selection. “Seven- and eight-year-olds successfully learned basic evolution concepts via a story illustrating differential reproduction rates of fictional animals due to selection pressures.”
Are Picture Books Warping How Kids Understand Animals?
For many kids, learning about the world starts with picture books. Parents and teachers surround children with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, and the Berenstain Bears, because what’s more promising than seeing a four-year-old with his or her nose in a book, … Continued
When Kids’ Books Feature Animals with Human Traits
When kids’ books feature animals with human traits Dr. Ganea spoke to the University of Toronto about using anthropomorphized animals in children’s books. Check out the online interview which includes advice to parents about young readers and insights as to why … Continued
When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can’t Learn
Here’s an article by Scientific American explaining Dr. Ganea’s most recent paper “Do cavies talk?: The effect of anthropomorphic books on children’s knowledge about animals”