Measuring categorisation in pre-school children: new toolkit, new insights
|Authors||Owen, K., Barnes, C., Hunt, T. and Sheffield, D.|
Introduction: whilst recent years have witnessed considerable research into infant categorisation, its development during the pre-school period has garnered far less interest and innovation.
Objective: this paper documents the development of a valid and reliable new toolkit for measuring categorisation in children, designed to allow fine-grained differentiation through four short tasks.
Methods: the paper outlines how a pilot study with 55 children reduced confounding variables, ruled out several explanations for performance variations and enabled procedural refinements. It then documents a study conducted with 190 children aged 30-60 months.
Results: this more sophisticated testing mechanism challenges previously accepted developmental norms and suggests both sex and socio-economic status (and their interaction) influence categorisational abilities in pre-schoolers.
Conclusion: the results indicate that preschool children’s ability to categorise varies markedly, with implications for their capacity to access formal education.
|Keywords||Categorisation; preschool children; child development; measurement; sex differences; socio-economic status|
|Journal||Journal of Human Growth and Development|
|Journal citation||33 (2), pp. 184-193|
|Publisher||Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.36311/jhgd.v33.14750|
|Web address (URL)||https://revistas.marilia.unesp.br/index.php/jhgd/article/view/14750|
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|Online||14 Aug 2023|
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|Deposited||18 Sep 2023|
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