ERIC Number: EJ849991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
Knowledge Embedded in Process: The Self-Organization of Skilled Noun Learning
Colunga, Eliana; Smith, Linda B.
Developmental Science, v11 n2 p195-203 Mar 2008
Young children's skilled generalization of newly learned nouns to new instances has become the battleground for two very different approaches to cognition. This debate is a proxy for a larger dispute in cognitive science and cognitive development: cognition as rule-like amodal propositions, on the one hand, or as embodied, modal, and dynamic processes on the other. After a brief consideration of this theoretical backdrop, we turn to the specific task set before us: an overview of the Attentional Learning Account (ALA) of children's novel noun generalizations, the constrained set of experimental results to be explained, and our explanation of them. We conclude with a consideration of what all of this implies for a theory of cognitive development.
Descriptors: Nouns, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Development, Knowledge Level, Skill Development, Young Children, Cognitive Processes, Attention, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension), Developmental Stages
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