ERIC Number: ED103437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Some Ingredients for Constructing Developmental Models. Research Memorandum 73-27.
Elusive developmental processes are most often examined in the context of the philosophic problem of scientific determinism. The Markov process model, enhancing a probabilistic viewpoint for the explanation of developmental data, should be restricted. Attention should be focused on the immediate context and situational setting of a subject. The situational perception of a subject cannot be divorced from a subject's active reconstruction of past experiences nor separated from cyclic phenomena and external regularities. Obligatory and optional features of a task a subject performs are viewed as a function of the immediate contextual situation. Examples center on the developmental processes of a child. (BJG)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Processes, Developmental Tasks, Environmental Influences, Expectation, Growth Patterns, Human Development, Infants, Learning, Learning Processes, Maturation, Models, Moral Development, Perceptual Development, Predictor Variables, Probability, Theories, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (Ann Arbor, Michigan, August, 1973)