Constructing Science: Connecting Causal Reasoning To Scientific Thinking In Young Children

September 20, 2022|
Constructing Science: Connecting Causal Reasoning To Scientific Thinking In Young Children by Deena Skolnick Weisberg
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An examination of children’s causal reasoning capacities and how those capacities serve as the foundation of their scientific thinking.

Young children have remarkable capacities for causal reasoning, which are part of the foundation of their scientific thinking abilities. In Constructing Science, Deena Weisberg and David Sobel trace the ways that young children’s sophisticated causal reasoning abilities combine with other cognitive, metacognitive, and social factors to develop into a more mature set of scientific thinking abilities. Conceptualizing scientific thinking as the suite of skills that allows people to generate hypotheses, solve problems, and explain aspects of the world, Weisberg and Sobel argue that understanding how this capacity develops can offer insights into how we can become a more scientifically literate society.

Investigating the development of causal reasoning and how it sets the stage for scientific thinking in the elementary school years and beyond, Weisberg and Sobel outline a framework for understanding how children represent and learn causal knowledge and identify key variables that differ between causal reasoning and scientific thinking. They present empirical studies suggesting ways to bridge the gap between causal reasoning and scientific thinking, focusing on two factors: contextualization and metacognitive thinking abilities. Finally, they examine children’s explicit understanding of such concepts as science, learning, play, and teaching.
Deena Skolnick Weisberg is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Villanova University, where she directs the Scientific Thinking and Representation (STAR) Laboratory. David M. Sobel is Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, where he di...
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Title:Constructing Science: Connecting Causal Reasoning To Scientific Thinking In Young Children
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:392 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.92 in
Shipping dimensions:392 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.92 in
Published:September 20, 2022
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262044684

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