Cognitive Development

Cognitive Development

The Child's Acquisition of Diagonality

1st Edition - January 28, 1970

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  • Author: David R. Olson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267388

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Cognitive Development: The Child's Acquisition of Diagonality is an empirical and rational enquiry into the child's development of a conceptual system relating to the concept of the diagonal during the age range three to six years. A detailed examination will be made of why a young child has difficulty with such a problem, and what occurs during development that removes this difficulty. In the context of these empirical arguments, the book considers such theoretical questions as the nature of intellectual skills and conceptual or symbolic knowledge, as well as the role of experience and instruction in their development. The study concludes with a description of the child's reconstruction of the diagonal in terms of what at least poses as a general model of perceptual and intellectual development, and accounts for, among other things, man's increasing ability to apprehend and theorize about the motion of the stars. It shows that it is the elaboration of the child's perceptual knowledge in the context of his performatory attempts in such cultural media as language and geometry that accounts for his ability to copy a diagonal in particular and his intellectual development in general.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    1. Introduction


    2. Conceptualizing Conceptualizing: The Diagonal as an Interesting Problem

    Perceptual Space

    Representational Space

    Concepts and Conceptual Space

    Visual Representation

    3. The Nature of the Difficulty

    Problem Difficulty Comparison I

    Problem Difficulty Comparisons II

    General Discussion and Conclusions

    4. The Effects of Instruction


    Results and Discussion


    5. The Change in the Mind of the Child




    6. Instruction Revisited: Perceptual, Motor, and Linguistic Factors in Cognitive Development

    Part I Perceptual and Verbal Training and the Acquisition of Diagonality



    Discussion and Conclusion

    Part II Perceptual-Motor and Verbal Training in the Acquisition of Diagonality

    Phase I

    Phase II

    Summary and Conclusion


    A Montessori Approach to the Acquisition of Diagonality

    7. Personal a n d Cultural Experience in Conceptual Development: The Acquisition of t he Diagonal in East Africa

    Experimental Design

    Results and Discussion


    8. Looking, Seeing, and Knowing-Eye Movement Studies





    9. The Effects of a n Educational Toy on Intellectual Development

    Educational Toy I

    Educational Toy II

    Educational Toy III

    10. Conclusions: Some Aspects of a Theory of Cognitive Development


    Language: Perceptual and Semantic Structure of the Orientation of Line

    Perceiving and Performing

    Intelligence—Skill in a Medium




    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 238
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1970
  • Published: January 28, 1970
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483267388

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David R. Olson

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David S. Palermo

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