ERIC Number: ED402012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Representation and Cognition.
Nelissen, Jo M. C.; Tomic, Welko
A cognitive or internal representation refers to an organized system of information which reflects certain, but not all, of the information about reality being represented. This paper considers various opinions, controversies, and debates about what representation is, how it comes about, and what forms of representation can be distinguished. The article is divided into seven sections. Section 1 introduces basic concepts related to mental representation. Section 2 analyzes and compares several types of representation: iconic, propositional, and non-propositional. Section 3 describes how and under what circumstances young children develop representation, and discusses recent research on the development of representational thinking in young children. Sections 4 and 5 examine the relationship between "referent" and the mental process of "sense," suggesting that the accuracy of a representation can be evaluated on the basis of interaction and reflection. Section 6 proposes and distinguishes various levels of representational thinking. Section 7 considers the following important functions of representation: organization, control, elaboration of levels of representations, communication, and reflection on one's own mental activity. Finally, the article recommends investigating the unconscious construction of representation. Contains 52 references. (AA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Open Univ., Heerlen (Netherlands).
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