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How We Study Children: Observation and Experimentation

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Films Media Group
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 25 mins
Country of Origin:
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1993
Available in French: No

This program asserts that the testing of a causal hypothesis involving cognitive development is best done through a combination of observational and experimentational methods. Kathy Sylva and Peter Bryant, both of the University of Oxford, and other researchers share their insights into categorizing and codifying patterns of play through observation, avoiding common experiment-related pitfalls such as covariation and unintentional bias, and mitigating artificiality, a challenge to practitioners of both approaches.