Beyond labeling: the role of maternal input in the acquisition of richly structured categories, Issue 253
University of Chicago Press, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 159 pages
Recent research shows that pre-school children are skilled classifiers, using categories to organize information and extend knowledge. Focusing on the role of maternal input, this monograph provides one of the first detailed examinations of how mothers convey information about category structure to their children.
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