Conceptual Development: Piaget's Legacy

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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This book examines a key issue in current cognitive theories - the nature of representation. Each chapter is characterized by attempts to frame hot topics in cognitive development within the landscape of current developmental theorizing and the past legacy of genetic epistemology. The chapters address four questions that are fundamental to any developmental line of inquiry: How should we represent the workings and contents of the mind? How does the child construct mental models during the course of development? What are the origins of these models? and What accounts for the novelties that are the products and producers of developmental change? These questions are situated in a historical context, Piagetian theory, and contemporary researchers attempt to trace how they draw upon, depart from, and transform the Piagetian legacy to revisit classic issues such as the child's awareness of the workings of mental life, the child's ability to represent the world, and the child's growing ability to process and learn from experience. The theoretical perspectives covered include constructivism, connectionism, theory-theory, information processing, dynamical systems, and social constructivist approaches. The research areas span imitation, mathematical reasoning, biological knowledge, language development, and theory of mind. Written by major contributors to the field, this work will be of interest to students and researchers wanting a brief but in-depth overview of the contemporary field of cognitive development.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Michael Chandler
Piaget's Legacy: Heirs to the House That Jean Built
Ellin Kofsky Scholnick
PART I: How Should We Represent the Workings and Contents of the Mind? 21(142)
Conceptual Development in the Child and in the Field: A Personal View of the Piagetian Legacy
Robbie Case
A New Foundation for Cognitive Development in Infancy: The Birth of the Representational Infant
Andrew N. Meltzoff
M. Keith Moore
A Reconsideration of Concepts: On the Compatibility of Psychological Essentialism and Context Sensitivity
Susan A. Gelman
Gil Diesendruck
Explanatory Understanding in Conceptual Development
Frank C. Keil
Kristi L. Lockhart
The Conceptual Habitat: In What Kind of System Can Concepts Develop?
David Klahr
PART II: How Does the Child Construct a Mental Model During the Course of Development? What Is the Developmental Origin of This Model? 163(78)
A Systemic Interpretation of Piaget's Theory of Knowledge
Rolando Garcia
Locating Development: Locating Developmental Systems
Susan Oyama
Developmental Change: Lessons From Microgenesis
Patricia H. Miller
Thomas R. Coyle
PART III: What Accounts for the Novelties That Are the Products and Producers of Developmental Change? 241(86)
The Origin of Piaget's Ideas About Genesis and Development
Jacques Voneche
Sources of Concepts: A Cultural--Developmental Perspective
Geoffrey B. Saxe
Levels and Modes of Representation: Issues for the Theory of Conceptual Change and Development
Katherine Nelson
Sources of Conceptual Change
Susan Carey
Author Index 327(10)
Subject Index 337

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