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The Thoughts of Babies

October 31, 2012 — Leave a comment

This is a very interesting video about the theory of learning in babies. The speaker, Alison Gopnik, introduces the idea that babies and young children are like the research and development division of a company, and adults are more like the production and marketing. Infants are exploring and processing information, making and testing hypotheses, and storing data for future use. Adults are much more focused on taking that information and applying it in practical ways. In short, our focus makes us less creative and less inquisitive about the world around us.

As a parent of a 2-year-old, this video was fascinating because I see this behavior every day. It helps me to understand what’s really going on inside her head when I think there is nothing much in there!

As someone who works with preteens, this video helps me think about how we can help preteens to be more inquisitive and creative like younger children. I spend a lot of time trying to get preteens to do “grown up” thinking, but how do we encourage them to think in the other direction?

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