ERIC Number: EJ874661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 114
Development of Children's Understanding of Cognitive Activities
Pillow, Bradford H.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v169 n4 p297-321 Dec 2008
Children's understanding of cognition increases greatly between early childhood and adolescence. This increase provides a developmental bridge between young children's understanding of mental states to adolescents' and adults' epistemological reflection. The author presents a framework for describing developmental changes in children's understanding of cognitive activities. He distinguishes 4 aspects of children's understanding of cognition: (a) knowledge of mental states, (b) knowledge of occurrence of particular activities, (c) knowledge of organization of cognitive activities, and (d) epistemological thought. He discusses phenomenological awareness of cognitive activities and social experience as influences on children's concepts of cognition.
Descriptors: Young Children, Cognitive Processes, Social Experience, Metacognition, Epistemology, Social Cognition, Interpersonal Competence, Child Development, Developmental Stages, Age Differences, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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