ERIC Number: ED313836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
A Portrait of Children in Transition: Utilizing the Salient Responses of Infants and Toddlers To Evaluate Sensorimotor Change.
Berkeley, Terry R.
This paper details Michael Lewis and Mark Starr's model of early child development known as the salient responses of the human organism. The model is described as a representation of the actions taken by humans in their qualitative attempts to move to more progressive states of development through interactions with the environment. The salient attributes of the responses include the quantity, quality, speed of acquisition, utilization, affective tone, generalizability, organizational properties, and intention in the use of information. The model allows a developmentally integrated view of children, especially infants, through an observational perspective which is not separated by arbitrarily established domains of development. The advantages of the model include its usefulness as: a foundation for assessing the developmental status of infants, a method of establishing developmentally appropriate intervention strategies, and a framework for the evaluation of child-centered early intervention program outcomes. Though use of the model in the 10 years since its development has been limited, it is recommended for utilization in early intervention programs to stimulate positive developmental change in infants. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Martin, David S., Ed. International Symposium on Cognition, Education, and Deafness (2nd, Washington, DC, July 5-8, 1989). Working Papers: Volume I.