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Microdevelopment
Transition Processes in Development and Learning

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development

Nira Granott, Jim Parziale, Robert S. Siegler, Esther Thelen, Daniela Corbetta, Susan Goldin-Meadow, Martha Wagner Alibali, Deanna Kuhn, Kurt W. Fischer, Marc D. Lewis, Kang Lee, Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Rochel Gelman, Laura Romo, Wendy S. Francis, Zheng Yan, Paul Van Geert
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  • Date Published: December 2004
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  • isbn: 9780511060144

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  • Microdevelopment is the process of change in abilities, knowledge and understanding during short time-spans. This book presents a new process-oriented view of development and learning based on recent innovations in psychological research. Instead of characterizing abilities at different ages, researchers investigate processes of development and learning that evolve through time to determine progressive changes. With contributions from the foremost researchers in the field, this study will be essential reading for all interested in cognitive and developmental science.

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    "The task of attaining optimal outcomes for learners from a range of cultural backgrounds remains a major social challenge. The research program outlined in Microdevelopment could help us meet that challenge." - David MacLennan, Ph.D. The University College of the Cariboo

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511060144
    • contains: 8 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Microdevelopment Nira Granott and Jim Parziale
    Part I. Variability:
    1. Microgenetic srudies in self-explanation Robert S. Siegler
    2. Microdevelopment and dynamic systems: Applications to infant motor development Esther Thelen and Daniela Corbetta
    3. Looking at the hands through time: A microgenetic perspective on learning and instruction Susan Goldin-Meadow and Martha Wagner Alibali
    Part II. Transition Mechanisms:
    4. A multi-component system that constructs knowledge: Insights from microgenetic study Deanna Kuhn
    5. Bridging to the unknown: a transition mechanism in learning and development Nira Granott, Kurt W. Fischer and Jim Parziale
    6. Observing the dynamics of construction: children building bridges and new ideas Jim Parziale
    Part III. Micro- and macrodevelopment:
    7. Interacting time scales in personality (and cognitive) development: intentions, emotions and emergent from Marc D. Lewis
    8. How microdevelopment creates macrodevelopment: reiterated sequences, backward transitions and the Zone of Current Development Nira Granott
    9. Macro- and microdevelopment research: assumptions, research strategies, constraints and utilities Kang Lee and Annette Karmiloff-Smith
    Part IV. Context:
    10. Notebooks as windows on learning: the case of a science-into-ESL programme Rochel Gelman, Laura Romo and Wendy S. Francis
    11. Darwin's construction of the theory of evolution: microdevelopment of explanations of variation and change in species Kurt W. Fischer and Zheng Yan
    12. Developmental dynamics, intentional action and fuzzy sets Paul Van Geert
    Indexes.

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    Nira Granott, University of Texas, Dallas
    Nira Granott is an assistant professor at the School of Human Development, University of Texas at Dallas, and director of the Microdevelopmental Lab at the UT Dallas. She has a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Media Laboratory, and Ed.M. from Harvard University, the Graduate School of Education. She had taught in teachers' continuing education programs, at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and at UT Dallas. She had worked as an educational software designer, producer of multimedia projects in educational television, and consultant for software design projects. Her primary research interests are collaborative microdevelopment, the process of change in development and learning, pathways and mechanisms in the emergence of change, and the way people at different ages interact with each other to make change happen. Included in Who's Who in the World, 2001. Member of American Psychological Society, Society for Research in Child Development, Jean Piaget Society, and American Educational Research Association.

    Jim Parziale, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    Jim Parziale is a part-time professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a teacher and science resource teacher for Brookline Public School, Brookline, Massachusetts. He has an Ed.D. in human development and psychology from Harvard University and has won many awards for teaching excellence. His primary research interests are the process of knowledge construction during classroom science activities and the self-organization of children and adults' knowledge with interrelations to the environments in which problems are solved.

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    Nira Granott, Jim Parziale, Robert S. Siegler, Esther Thelen, Daniela Corbetta, Susan Goldin-Meadow, Martha Wagner Alibali, Deanna Kuhn, Kurt W. Fischer, Marc D. Lewis, Kang Lee, Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Rochel Gelman, Laura Romo, Wendy S. Francis, Zheng Yan, Paul Van Geert

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