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Submission + - Instructions Can Hinder Children Self-Explorations (discovermagazine.com)

Kilrah_il writes: How best to educate children? Do we tell them what we think they need to know or do we let them explore on their own, aimlessly? A recent study (warning: paywall), tried to answer this question by building a toy with many features and letting children play with it. One group of children got a lesson beforehand by study author, Elizabeth Bonawitz, a lesson that showed the working of one feature of the toy. The other group didn't get any instruction.
The children which got a lesson played with what they were shown, but didn't try other features, while the other group discovered on their own all the features of the game.

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