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ERIC Number: ED309839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 15
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Factors Mediating Social Context, Cognitive Development, and Cognitive Growth.
Gauvain, Mary
Factors which may play a role in regulating cognitive interaction, and thereby help determine the cognitive opportunities children have when they work with others, are discussed. Discussion focuses first on individual contributions as mediators of joint cognitive activity, and second on the way participants' shared social history may influence the social generation of cognitive opportunity. Findings suggest that the process by which adults, particularly parents, influence children's learning is not yet clearly established. Nor is it known just what aspects of interpsychological functioning regulate the interactional process and potentially affect the intrapsychological outcome for the child. It is argued that it is time for cognitive developmental research to move beyond the assertion that social context is a mechanism of cognitive development and begin to examine the operations of social context that promote, or perhaps impede, cognitive growth. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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