How and when does the ability to give and understand explanations develop? Morag Donaldson directly addresses this question in the present study, providing evidence from a series of imaginative experiments she carried out with 3- to 10-year-olds. In contrast to many earlier accounts, she demonstrates that children can distinguish between cause and effect and among physical, psychological and logical relations well before the age of 7.
Children's Explanations is a book that will be of equal interest to cognitive and developmental psychologists and to psycholinguistics, as well as to researchers in education for whom its topic must be of crucial importance.
Transferred to digital printing 2006. Online Publication - November 2009
List of illustrations List of tables Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. The development of the causal connectives and of causality: some previous studies 3. Elicited production studies 4. The empirical mode 5. The intentional mode 6. The deductive mode 7. General discussion Appendices Notes References Index.