Preschoolers can reflect on what they don’t know

22 julio 2014

Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers find that preschoolers are able to gauge the strength of their memories and make decisions based on their self-assessments. The findings contribute to research on the reliability of children’s eyewitness testimony in a court of law, and they carry important implications for educational practices. «Previous emphasis on the development of metacognition during middle childhood has influenced education practices,» says an author. «Now we know that some of these ideas may be adapted to meet preschoolers’ learning needs.»