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Children’s understanding of time is closely related to the condition of being a child, which has been marked out in stages and conceptualized as development. Through the concept of time, children develop a mode of apprehending their reality. Development is inherently a temporal category—and so is being a child. This entry provides a brief overview of the most crucial milestones in the development of thought concerning children’s understanding of time.

Experiencing Time

The conceptualization of time and its human experience has drawn the attention of many scholars and can be traced back to antiquity. It has been studied by thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Immanuel Kant, Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, Émile Durkheim, Albert Einstein, and others. However, the concept of time specifically in children has ...

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