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ERIC Number: EJ939699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
U-Shaped Changes Are in the Eye of the Beholder
Goldin-Meadow, Susan
Journal of Cognition and Development, v5 n1 p109-111 2004
When a behavior disappears and then resurfaces, developmental psychologists typically look more closely at the behavior to figure out what is different before and after--that is, they increase the grain with an eye toward discovering how the system that generates that behavior has changed. But what ought to count as a U-shaped phenomenon? How similar does the reappearing behavior have to be to the initial behavior to call it a U-shaped trajectory? The three articles in this volume emphasize that the initial and end points of a U are never really identical. The question is--how identical need they be for teachers to call the developmental trajectory U-shaped? The virtue in thinking about a developmental path in U-shaped terms is that teachers focus their attention on possible reorganizations and mechanisms of change. Recurrence, regression, and Us are to a large extent a product of the level at which they choose to describe developmental change. They are, in this sense, in the eye of the beholder and may be more common than one thinks.
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Language: English
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