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ERIC Number: ED360069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Internalization of Social Discourse: A Vygotskian Account of the Development of Young Children's Theories of Mind.
Boyes, Michael; And Others
Some studies of young children's understanding of false belief have generated controversy, even to the extent that others' failure to replicate these studies was viewed as problematic. A Vygotskian perspective on internalization enables researchers to reverse the classic developmental competence-performance distinction, and to argue that the current concern with criteria for competence in terms of a functional theory of mind might be replaced with a concern with those aspects of such tasks that make "successful" performances possible. An acknowledgement of the essential nature of intersubjectivity is a necessary prerequisite to sorting out this theoretical and empirical debate. To support these views, this paper reports a study of preschool children that examined whether structuring false belief tasks to provide opportunities for genuine social interaction would provide evidence of the earlier interpersonal roots of a theory of mind. Results support the Vygotskian claim that children may give evidence of an ability to operate under a more sophisticated theory of mind when they are engaged in social interaction with a more competent peer than when they are tested alone in a traditional false belief task. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Calgary)