Effects of active handling, illustrated by uses for objects

Jacqueline J. Goodnow

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Kindergarten children gave uses for objects under 2 conditions: look-only, and look-and-handle. Under the latter condition, children gave significantly more "nonstandard" uses than under the former. "Nonstandard" uses depend prominently on changes in the composition or spatial position of an object, and these changes come more readily to mind when an object is both seen and handled. The results raise questions about the effects of various modes of contact with stimulus material in any study of thinking, and the role of manipulative activity in development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-212
Number of pages12
JournalChild Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1969
Externally publishedYes


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