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ERIC Number: ED064661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan
Pages: 22
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Concept Learning and Thought.
Bourne, Lyle E., Jr.
A summary of current theoretical work in the area of concept formation is presented with emphasis on the presentation of thinking in theory. Examination of the logic relating thinking to behavior leads to criticism of the tendency to subordinate "behavior" to underlying processes. The difficulties inherent in analyses of this type are that underlying processes are commonly described in behavioral terms and that they are invisible and nonverifiable inventions of the theorizer. The present paper outlines the need for an explanation of behavior to account for its obvious generative and recursive character. Professor Bourne suggests that behavior may be a rule-following enterprise, and presents a brief review of research to illustrate his postulate. Finally, the place of thinking as a concept in psychology is discussed. Thought is seen as an event which reflects a change in the individual's possibilities for behaving. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Learning and Re-Education.