Children's acquisition of spatial knowledge from verbal descriptions

Children's acquisition of spatial knowledge from verbal descriptions In Experiment 1, groups of 6 and 7 year-old and of 8 and 9year-old children showed very accurate memory for literal spatial andnon-spatial information contained in descriptions of environments, butthey generally had difficulty making spatial inferences based on suchdescriptions. The first indications of inference-making ability wereshown by 8 and 9 year-olds on spatial inference and map placement tasksafter hearing descriptions incorporating a vantage-point perspective. InExperiment 2, map placement performance by 6 and 7 year-olds wasimproved by a brief intervention involving spatial terminology. Overall,the findings suggest that the construction of discourse-based images ofsmall-scale environments normally emerges around 8 or 9 years of age andis facilitated by viewer-centered vantage-point descriptions. Althoughcognitive resources such as working memory capability apparentlyconstrain this construction process, relevant information in the tasksetting can facilitate children's performance. Spatial Cognition and Computation Springer Journals

Children's acquisition of spatial knowledge from verbal descriptions

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