Understanding deliberate practice in preschool-aged children

Davis, Jac T. M., Cullen, Elizabeth and Suddendorf, Thomas (2015) Understanding deliberate practice in preschool-aged children. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69 2: 361-380. doi:10.1080/17470218.2015.1082140

Author Davis, Jac T. M.
Cullen, Elizabeth
Suddendorf, Thomas
Title Understanding deliberate practice in preschool-aged children
Journal name Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0226
Publication date 2015-09-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17470218.2015.1082140
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 69
Issue 2
Start page 361
End page 380
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Deliberate practice is essential for skill acquisition and expertise and may be a direct consequence of episodic foresight. However, little is known about how deliberate practice develops in children. We present two experiments testing children's ability to selectively practise a behaviour that was going to be useful in future and to reason about the role of practice in skill formation. Five-year-olds demonstrated an explicit understanding of deliberate practice both in selectively choosing to practise a future-relevant skill and in predicting skill change in others based on their practice. Four-year-olds showed some capacities, but failed to demonstrate consistent understanding of the relationship between practice and skill improvement. Children's understanding of this relationship was significantly related to their understanding of how information leads to knowledge, suggesting that both may draw on similar cognitive developmental changes.
Keyword Children
Episodic foresight
Mental time travel
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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