Preschool thought

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Summarizes recent findings on the preschooler's perspective-taking and numerical abilities. Further evidence on the preschooler's cognitive capacities is cited. These results support the conclusion that preschoolers are remarkably competent under certain conditions. The author considers why past studies have failed to show these competences; why preschoolers are not “miniature adults” so far as their cognitions are concerned; and the difficulty of finding task situations that are suitable for research with young children. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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