Cognitive Development: Neo-Piagetian Perspectives by Sergio Morra, Camilla Gobbo, Zopito Marini, Ronald Sheese

By Sergio Morra, Camilla Gobbo, Zopito Marini, Ronald Sheese

Tying jointly nearly 4 many years of neo-Piagetian learn, Cognitive improvement presents a unique serious research and a comparability of recommendations throughout neo-Piagetian theories. Like Piaget, neo-Piagetian theorists take a constructivist method of cognitive improvement, are large in scope, and suppose that cognitive improvement is split into phases with qualitative ameliorations. in contrast to Piaget, besides the fact that, they outline the expanding complexity of the levels in keeping with the child’s info processing procedure, instead of by way of logical homes. This quantity illustrates those features and evidences the fascinating percentages for neo-Piagetian examine to construct connections either with different theoretical methods reminiscent of dynamic structures and with different fields resembling mind technology. the outlet bankruptcy presents a old orientation, together with a serious contrast among the "logical" and the "dialectical" Piaget. In next chapters the most important theories and experimental findings are reviewed, together with Pascual-Leone's concept of optimistic Operators, Halford's structuralist idea, Fischer's dynamic platforms method of abilities, Case's concept of critical Conceptual buildings, Siegler’s microgenetic strategy, and the proposals of Mounoud and Karmiloff-Smith, in addition to the paintings of others, together with Demetriou and de Ribaupierre. The interrelation of emotional and cognitive improvement is mentioned broadly, as is correct non neo-Piagetian learn on details processing. the applying of neo-Piagetian study to numerous issues together with kid's challenge fixing, psychometrics, and schooling is highlighted. The publication concludes with the authors' perspectives on chances for an built-in neo-Piagetian method of cognitive improvement.

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The attempt to answer these questions, to shed light on the “causal mechanisms of Piaget’s mysterious regulations” (Pascual-Leone, 1988, p. 431), forms a considerable part of the neo-Piagetian research program. PROBLEMS FOR THE DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY OF LOGICAL COMPETENCE In the preceding section we have pointed out the contrast between the Piagetian theory of logical competence and the Piagetian theory of equilibration, the former defined by logico-mathematical structures in which the 14 CHAPTER 1 principle of noncontradiction is fundamental, whereas in the latter contradictions are the engine of cognitive development.

We focus, in turn, on information load, representation, and cognitive strategies, and deal with those concepts not as they are seen currently by cognitive researchers, but rather, as they were discussed at the time when neo-Piagetian research was taking its first steps. Information Load and Task Complexity The capacity to process an increasing quantity of information with age is one of the principal starting points of neo-Piagetian approaches to cognitive development. Piaget had already considered the phenomenon early on, noting the “narrowness of the field of attention” in children.

Although this latter assumption may be simplistic, the models of knowledge proposed within this tradition have become increasingly sophisticated, also as a result of developments in cognitive science. The second epistemological tradition highlighted by Case is generally called rationalist—with Kant as the most prominent ancestor. Developmental psychologists who have adopted this paradigm tend to focus on quite different issues than the empiricists do. For example, there is a great deal of interest in the unfolding of children’s knowledge, with particular focus on its structures.

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