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Simplifying Early Childhood Development: Findings from Cognitive Analysis and Phone Interviews

In the research reported on here, cognitive analysis of this general schema reveals several basic features which stand in the way of child advocates’ messaging.
Axel Aubrun, Joseph Grady
January 7, 2003

This paper reports on a preliminary effort to establish “simplifying models” that would bring lay members of the public closer in line with the perspectives of experts about what children need for their healthy development. In FrameWorks’ research, simplifying models are metaphorical explanations that distill expert knowledge in terms that allow lay publics to understand and engage in issues in more productive ways.