From his words it seems that he had understood very well the gist of the conversation and its message that letting babies sleep with their milk bottles can cause ear infection. Of course his prior knowledge in the matter is very scarce or none but by initially assimilating the idea and then verbalizing it to his mother, who takes the role of the authoritative, knowledgeable person in his life, Robbie activates this passive knowledge by constructing a logical connection based on his prior knowledge of how usually milk drips into one's ear from the perspective of a child and prior experience, perhaps, that is from the mouth through the cheek to the ear, turning it into a statement of explicit knowledge. The mother, who does know the issue quite well, that is she is an expert in the specific domain of knowledge, treats Robbie's statement as a nave concept and tries to reconstruct his knowledge by direct correction of the misconcepted idea. Robbie experiences a concept conflict, which, instead of leading to a process of new knowledge constructing, due to the mothers' attitude and approach, ends in a kind of defensive position demonstrated in his determination not to give up his beliefs, resembling the kind of assimilative peer interaction known as 'stonewalling' (Chan et al., 1997).
However, the strategy Robbie applies to comprehend the new information is not only assimilation, that is direct adding of new ...Show more