ERIC Number: EJ830976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
A Lot of Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing: Learning in Children and Adults
Miller, Patricia H.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v7 n3 p305-308 Aug 2006
The Kuhn and Pease (p. 279, this issue) article advances the fields of cognitive development and learning by integrating work on executive functions, metacognition, and scientific reasoning. The article also expands developmental work to older children and adults, to personal beliefs, and to social information, and reinvigorates the construct of metacognition by identifying its role as a mechanism of development. Limitations of the study, for example, the lack of an assessment of the strength of the participants' initial beliefs about the problem, suggest fruitful directions for future research. A final discussion examines ways in which the Kuhn and Pease account of the role of executive functions in learning could be broadened.
Descriptors: Metacognition, Cognitive Development, Thinking Skills, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Cognitive Processes, Systems Approach, Planning, Short Term Memory, Beliefs, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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