CHAPTER 9 ?
PRETENDING/ PRETEND PLAY
Two senses of “PRETEND”
Three things happen in pretend play
o Object substitution
o Imaginary object
o Pretend properties
o If you know very little (children), you should focus on acquiring information. Instead of
learning how to tie shoes, children will pretend that the shoe is a teddy bear
o Avoid mis-learning. Parents pretend with their children which causes mis-learning.
o Sophisticated double ‘Knowledge’ – dual representation (the chicken-serial, rock-sponge
and snoopy studies – children all have difficulties)
Then they will just pretend instead
o Pretense starts at 18-24 months (sensorimotor sub-stage 6)
o He called it (pretend play) symbolic play
o Basic theory: assimilation-gone-wild
Early research in production
- Children are very good at pretending that an egg is a cup
e.g.: Experimenter demonstrates putting doll to bed
Asks child to do same, but with..