Young Children Can Be Taught Basic Natural Selection Using a Picture-Storybook Intervention

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Published in "Psychological Science," this article describes a study that examined 5- to 8-year-olds’ capacities to learn a basic but theoretically coherent mechanistic explanation of adaptation through a custom storybook intervention. The authors present findings that demonstrate that, contrary to conventional educational wisdom, basic natural selection is teachable in early childhood. Theory-driven interventions using picture storybooks with rich explanatory structure are beneficial.


Deborah Kelemen, Natalie A. Emmons, EDC’s Rebecca Seston Schillaci, Patricia A. Ganea

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