ERIC Number: ED050952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Cognitive Development, The Child's Acquisition of Diagonality.
Olson, David R.
Described is an empirical and rational inquiry into the formation of a small set of special or geometrical concepts of young children. The approach taken by the author is to attempt to specify intellectual growth in one particular area, a child's acquisition of diagonality, in such a way as to be representative. That is, to give a clean portrayal of conceptual growth in general. The author examines the role of language in conceptual development, the relation between perceptual information and performatory action, the nature and development of concepts, and the effects of instruction on the formation of early concepts. A description of the intellectual development of the child is complemented by an account of the process involved in the child's selection and utilization of the information he encounters in his experience and in instruction. The effects of formal instruction, educational toys, and out-of-school experiences on intellectual development are examined. An additional emphasis made by the author is the nature and process of psychological and educational research. (Author/CT)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Development, Geometry, Growth Patterns, Individual Development, Intellectual Development, Learning, Psychology, Research
Academic Press, 111 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
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