ERIC Number: ED339483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Setting a Path for the '90s: Some Goals and Challenges. Infant Sensory and Perceptual Development.
Haith, Marshall M.
Goals and challenges pertaining to infant sensory and perceptual development are discussed. It is suggested that the inability of researchers to think and talk wisely about "partial accomplishments" in development creates a barrier in developmental research. Conceptual schemes are needed to accommodate these partial accomplishments. Three major points are emphasized: (1) research needs to move beyond its dichotomous paradigms and categorical concepts to formulate a more graded and sensible picture of perceptual development in infancy; (2) researchers must rise above questions about discrimination and move toward examining the functional role of perception in action and cognition while trying to link the infant perception research with that of the rest of the human species; and (3) researchers need to pay more attention to the rising tide of biological and computational approaches to perception, which will require extensive effort in training of the new cadre of graduate students and postdoctorate researchers. Contains 26 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).