ERIC Number: ED062673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Olson's "Cognitive Development": A Commentary.
Follettie, Joseph F.
This report is a review of Olson's "Cognitive Development." Unlike a typical book review it does not compare and contrast the author's theoretical framework and methodological practices with those of others in the field, but rather it extensively describes and critiques the reported empirical work. The reasons given for this approach are that Olson's empirical practices are of interest in their own right, and alternative interpretations sometimes arise from a careful reading of Olson's procedures. "Cognitive Development" bears on a variety of issues germane to the design and development of instructional systems. Olson extensively studied the concept of diagonality using American and Canadian children aged 3 to 6, whose acquisition of the concept was compared with that of Kenyon children of two tribes, aged 5 to 13. A subject typically was required to construct a discretely-formed diagonal on a matrix, under various antecedent and criterion conditions. Olson describes findings in the context of relevant literature. (BW/Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Educational Lab., Inglewood, CA.