Stephanie Owens

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Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. The topic of my dissertation is pretense as an evolved strategy for learning. The data for the project is based upon naturalistic observations of three- to five-year-olds engaged in chase play, a form of physical activity play. Please e-mail me ( if you have any comments or suggestions regarding this site.


Call for Papers

Learning and Individual Differences:
A Multidisciplinary Journal in Education
Special Issue: Evolutionary Educational Psychology


AERA 2001: Proposed Symposium
Pretense as a Learning Strategy

Developmental Trajectory During Early Childhood
Definitions of Play and Pretense



The Dream
Special Issue

"I believe that education is the fundamental
method of social progress and reform. All
reforms which rest simply upon the law, or
the threatening of certain penalties, or upon
changes in mechanical or outward
arrangements, are transitory and futile.... But
through education society can formulate its own
purposes, can organize its own means and
resources, and thus shape itself with definiteness
and economy in the direction in which it wishes to
move.... Education thus conceived marks
the most perfect and intimate union of science
and art conceivable in human experience."

--John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed, 1897


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