Child’s Play and Science

 

By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

When comparing scientific investigation to child’s play, babies’ trial and error had synergy.  Babies play time revealed “critical evidence” about “how physical objects interact” which parallels scientist’s investigations of the natural world.[1]  Babies were said to conduct “repeated experiments” by way of “systematic interactions with the world,”   to build their own understanding of the world as would a scientist of the natural world.  Babies and scientists “appear to share same aim,” via investigation, observations, experiments and regarding natural world. [2] The crux of the theory that maintains a similarity between scientists and children is that babies may not be emulating scientists, but scientists in their youth develop “a coherent explanation of some set of phenomenon of the natural world that children use to generate expectations about how people and objects will behave.”[3] Along those lines children may also “reject in favor of a new explanation of the weight of evidence if the weight of evidence goes against a currently accepted explanation.” [4] Children were also said to investigate “human psychology and language.” [5] According to Alison Gopnick, “scientists desires may be a holdover from our infancies…some drive developed as infants that adults tap into.” [6]

[1] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[2] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[3] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[4] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[5] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[6] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

 

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