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ERIC Number: ED022535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb-16
Pages: 19
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The Effect of Early Stimulation: The Problem of Focus in Developmental Stimulation.
Fowler, William
Studies of the effect of environmental stimulation on an individual's development in either general or specific ability conclude that some specific stimulation should be introduced at an early age while a child is still malleable. An intense, persistent, and regular tutorial approach within the family encourages the development of a special talent or ability and develops learning sets useful in the future. A child must learn the specialized symbolic language of the area in which he is being trained, such as in music or mathematics. Studies have shown that persons who excel in one field may show very little competence in others. General ability is present but concentration in the symbolic language and work production in one specific area is reflected in less learning in other areas. Similarly, if a family or school environment encourages young children to respond to certain stimulation which directs their energies and time in a particular way, these same children may do less well on IQ tests measuring general ability but very well on tests of specific abilities. How much training in certain symbolic languages and concepts is transferred to general cognitive functioning is as yet unknown. Environmental stimulation is a means of developing the greatest potential abilities in any individual. (MS)
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Note: Paper presented at a symposium on Heridity and Environment, at the annual meeting of the AERA, New York, February 16, 1967.