Cognitive Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125256506, 9781483267388

Cognitive Development

1st Edition

The Child's Acquisition of Diagonality

Authors: David R. Olson
Editors: David S. Palermo
eBook ISBN: 9781483267388
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1970
Page Count: 238
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Description

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

Preface

1. Introduction

Text

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

Method

Results and Discussion

Conclusion

5. The Change in the Mind of the Child

Perception

Performance

Conceptualization

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

Part I Perceptual and Verbal Training and the Acquisition of Diagonality

Method

Results

Discussion and Conclusion

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

Phase I

Phase II

Summary and Conclusion

Addendum

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

Conclusion

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

Method

Results

Discussion

Conclusions

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

Perception

Language: Perceptual and Semantic Structure of the Orientation of Line

Perceiving and Performing

Intelligence—Skill in a Medium

Instruction

Summary

References

Author Index

Subject Index

Details

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

About the Author

David R. Olson

About the Editor

David S. Palermo