Uninterrupted Playtime between Siblings Is Key for Learning
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Whether it’s how to throw a ball or put together a puzzle, young children learn a lot from their older siblings. While researchers have long known that brothers and sisters teach each other about the world, most of their observations about this have been made in a lab setting.
The research is in Journal of Cognition and Development. (full access paywall)
Research: “This Bird Can’t Do It ’cause this Bird Doesn’t Swim in Water: Sibling Teaching during Naturalistic Home Observations in Early Childhood” by Nina Howe, Sandra Della Porta, Holly Recchia, Allyson Funamoto and Hildy Ross in Journal of Cognition and Development. doi:10.1080/15248372.2013.848869
Image: The children were encouraged to play together, but not given particular instructions. Teaching moments included everything from learning to count, to learning how to rub chalk off a blackboard. Typically the older siblings would launch into a teaching moment unasked, although sometimes the younger child requested instructions. This image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit nikkidunn1978.

Uninterrupted Playtime between Siblings Is Key for Learning

Read the full article Uninterrupted Playtime between Siblings Is Key for Learning at NeuroscienceNews.com.

Whether it’s how to throw a ball or put together a puzzle, young children learn a lot from their older siblings. While researchers have long known that brothers and sisters teach each other about the world, most of their observations about this have been made in a lab setting.

The research is in Journal of Cognition and Development. (full access paywall)

Research: “This Bird Can’t Do It ’cause this Bird Doesn’t Swim in Water: Sibling Teaching during Naturalistic Home Observations in Early Childhood” by Nina Howe, Sandra Della Porta, Holly Recchia, Allyson Funamoto and Hildy Ross in Journal of Cognition and Development. doi:10.1080/15248372.2013.848869

Image: The children were encouraged to play together, but not given particular instructions. Teaching moments included everything from learning to count, to learning how to rub chalk off a blackboard. Typically the older siblings would launch into a teaching moment unasked, although sometimes the younger child requested instructions. This image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit nikkidunn1978.