How do children develop theories about scientific phenomena and how can we best scaffold this learning? This stream of research examines children’s misconceptions and the acquisition of scientific knowledge. Our works seeks to find out the best ways to promote children’s science knowledge in the early years.
Within this line of work we investigate: 1) children’s misconceptions about scientific concepts and their scientific reasoning skills; 2) the role of conceptual information and exploration in scientific belief revision; 3) the types of scaffolding and interventions that promote children’s ability to control variables in an experimental setting. We ask these questions both in a laboratory setting and in the classroom.
- Venkadasalam, V. P. & Ganea, P. A. (2018). Do objects of different weight fall at the same time? Updating naive beliefs about free falling objects from fictional and informational books in young children. Journal of Cognition and Development. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2018.1436058
- Ganea P. A., Canfield, C. F., Simons-Ghafari, K., & Chou, T. (2014). Do cavies talk?: The effect of anthropomorphic books on children’s knowledge about animals. Front. Psychol. 5:283. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00283
- Kelemen, D., Emmons, N. A., Seston Schillaci, R., & Ganea, P.A. (2014). Young children can be taught basic natural selection using a picture-storybook intervention. Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797613516009
- Ganea, P. A., Ma, L., & DeLoache, J. S. (2011). Young children’s learning and transfer of biological information from picture books to real animals. Child Development, 82, 1421-1433. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01612.x
- Strouse, G. A. & Ganea, P. A (2017). Are prompts provided by electronic books as effective for teaching preschoolers a biological concept as those provided by adults? In Marshall, J. P. & Brenneman, K. (Eds.), Young Children’s Developing Understanding of the Biological World. Routledge, London, UK.