Network representation of a child's dinosaur knowledge

Michelene Chi, Randi D. Koeske

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Abstract

A 4-yr-old male's knowledge of 40 dinosaurs was elicited from 2 tasks. The data gathered from these knowledge-production protocols were used to map 2 interrelated semantic networks of dinosaurs, viewed as concept nodes connected by links. The 2 mappings corresponded to 2 sets of dinosaurs (20 each), partitioned on the basis of external criteria: mother's subjective judgment of the S's knowledge of each dinosaur and the frequency of mention in the S's dinosaur books. Comparisons of the structure of the 2 mappings were based on 3 attributes: (a) number of links, (b) strength of links, and (c) the internal cohesion of the network in terms of higher-order groupings and specific patterns of interlinkages. The validity of the differential structures of the 2 mappings was verified by the corresponding differential memory performance. The better structured set of dinosaurs was more easily remembered and retained by the S over a year than the less structured set of dinosaurs. (28 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • semantic network &
  • structure of dinosaur knowledge, 4 yr old male

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Network representation of a child's dinosaur knowledge. / Chi, Michelene; Koeske, Randi D.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.1983, p. 29-39.

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Chi, Michelene ; Koeske, Randi D. / Network representation of a child's dinosaur knowledge. In: Developmental Psychology. 1983 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 29-39.
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