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ERIC Number: ED300140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Cognitive Development and Individual Differences: On the Necessity of a Minimally Structuralist Approach of Development for Educational Sciences.
Rieben, Laurence; And Others
The application of Piagetian theory to educational practices encounters a series of major difficulties. The main focus of this paper is on the notion of general stages, which has been under attack in numerous studies. Organized in four parts, the paper: (1) discusses the problem of the existence of general stages and of a developmental unidimensionality; (2) argues that, in order to account for the variance of behaviors, general sources of influence should be dissociated or disentangled from specific sources, and concludes that developmental and differential approaches are necessary; (3) hypothesizes links between this approach and other theoretical models that deal with cognitive development or individual differences; and (4) discusses educational implications of the various models. A research program that led to the hypothesis of different forms of development is described in the second section. Cited are 62 references. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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