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date: 10 December 2019

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Fictional worlds (pretending, reading, watching television) can teach and change children. This chapter discusses the influence of fictional worlds on children's prosocial and aggressive behavior, theory of mind, and acquisition of factual knowledge about the world. Neurological changes that accompany fictional presentation are also presented. In addition it discusses how Montessori education and play are similar (choice, interest, peers, embodied cognition), how Discovery Learning can be viewed as play, and the limitations of play as a vehicle for learning.

Keywords: fiction, media, Montessori, preschool education, pretend play

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