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ERIC Number: EJ818712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 158
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
In Defense of Qualitative Changes in Development
Kagan, Jerome
Child Development, v79 n6 p1606-1624 Nov-Dec 2008
The balance between the preservation of early cognitive functions and serious transformations on these functions shifts across time. Piaget's writings, which favored transformations, are being replaced by writings that emphasize continuities between select cognitive functions of infants and older children. The claim that young infants possess elements present in the older child's concepts of number, physical impossibility, and object permanence is vulnerable to criticism because the inferences are based primarily on the single measure of change in looking time. It is suggested that investigators use unique constructs to describe phenomena observed in young infants that appear, on the surface, to resemble the psychological competences observed during later developmental stages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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