The Social Development of the Intellect

The Social Development of the Intellect

1st Edition - November 30, 1984

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  • Authors: W. Doise, G. Mugny, A. St. James, N. Emler, D. Mackie
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483286105

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The definition of intelligence has become the object of many controversies - particularly about its nature and the causes of its development - with essential social implications at stake. To get out of this deadlock, the authors of this book propose a social conception of intelligence and of its development: they consider intelligence as resulting from the inter-individual coordinations of actions and judgements. They experimentally study how groups of children elaborate new cognitive tools which their members, taken individually, did not possess at the start, and how these cognitive tools are subsequently used by the child alone.


Of interest to students in developmental and social psychology, educational psychology, sociology of education, and cross-cultural psychology.

Table of Contents

  • Authors' introduction. Foreword. The social significance of the study of intelligence. A social definition of cognition. The cooperative game and the coordination of interdependent actions. The benefits of sharing. Socio-cognitive conflict. The coordination of viewpoints. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2016
  • Published: November 30, 1984
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483286105

About the Authors

W. Doise

G. Mugny

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Geneva, Switzerland

A. St. James

N. Emler

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Dundee, UK

D. Mackie

About the Editor

Michael Argyle

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