ERIC Number: ED181449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Schema: A Structural or a Functional Pattern. Technical Report No. 159.
Noting that current theories of comprehension are based on the assumption that cognitive patterns (schemata) are structural constructs and that credit for the structural assumption is generally given to F. C. Bartlett, this paper suggests that problems concerning the phenomenal nature of the patterning aspect of cognition may be more readily resolved at a functional level. It also argues that Bartlett perhaps never meant his schema theory to be one about the structural aspect of cognition and contends that the interpretation of his theory as such is perhaps no more than an oversight on the part of current cognitive scientists. The paper then presents an alternative view of schemata as phenomenally transient functional patterns. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.