‘I Remember When I Learned That!’ developmental and gender differences in children's memories of learning episodes
Eighty 4- to 9-year-old children answered factual knowledge questions in math, science and social studies during one-on-one interviews. Children indicated whether they had known or guessed each answer, and whether they (a) remembered the moment they learned the answer (episodic response) or (b) did not remember. For episodic responses, children provided memory narratives of learning episodes. One third of children's responses identified a learning episode. There was a developmental trend in which older children were more episodic than younger children, and when children knew and provided correct answers, there was a gender difference in which females were more episodic than males. Developmental and gender differences in the characteristics of memory narratives were also apparent.
Infant and Child Development
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Bemis, R.H., Leichtman, M.D., Pillemer, D.B. 'I Remember When I Learned That!' developmental and gender differences in children's memories of learning episodes. (2011) Infant and Child Development, 20 (4), pp. 387-399.
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