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ERIC Number: ED039031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 13
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An Approach to the Study of Infant Behavior.
Stedman, Donald J.
This paper on infant behavior offers a program to positively change decelerating mental development curves in infants. It attempts to (1) suggest a theoretical model, (2) present a developmental matrix derived from observation using the model, and (3) note specific instrumentation for infant observation and an experimental-stimulating responsive environment for infants. The theoretical model proposed is an expansion of the Kirk and McCarthy (1961) psycholinguistic model. The proposed model, which is diagrammed in the appendix, can be a useful research model from which research hypotheses may be generated for test. As an example of the conceptualizations concerning infant behavior that can be developed from this model, a developmental matrix is presented, along with a hypothesis that might be derived from such a matrix. The hypothesis is limited to the input phase of infants in their first 6 months of life, but other, broader hypotheses can follow. Finally, an experimental-stimulating responsive environment is suggested both for observing infant behavior and for modifying it in cases of decelerated growth patterns. (MH)
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Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC. Medical Center.