Spontaneous Cognitive Processes in Handicapped Children

  • Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski
  • Nancy Gertner

Part of the Disorders of Human Learning, Behavior, and Communication book series (HUMAN LEARNING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Nancy Gertner
    Pages 1-17
  3. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Nancy Gertner
    Pages 18-42
  4. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Nancy Gertner
    Pages 43-64
  5. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Nancy Gertner
    Pages 65-83
  6. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Nancy Gertner
    Pages 84-102
  7. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Nancy Gertner
    Pages 103-123
  8. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Nancy Gertner
    Pages 124-135
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 137-171

About this book


The thinking that began this book arose out of some dissatisfaction with the rela­ tively simplified, unidimensional model of development, which seems to have come to dominate the fields that address the needs of atypically developing chil­ dren. It seemed impossible to us that developmental differences could explain the range of learning and coping styles we have seen and read about in children iden­ tified as mentally retarded, slow learning, learning disabled, nonhandicapped, and gifted. If a typical model of development did not account for what children with handicaps to learning could do, when they would do it, and how they would accomplish it, such a model was not likely to imply anything important about how to intervene with and help them. Unfortunately, when we first began to examine this problem, turning away from a developmental model for interpreting atypical behavior meant turning toward a behaviorist one. This was not very satisfying either. Again the assumptions were bothersome. We were expected to accept that all children, this time at all ages as well as with all kinds of diagnoses, learned in essentially the same way with perhaps some variation in rate, reac­ tivity, reinforcement preferences, and, according to more liberal applications, expectancy. In our search for a more satisfying view of the atypical learner, we were lucky to be lost at the moment when cognitive psychology and systems theory were being found.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski
    • 1
  • Nancy Gertner
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Education, Department of Educational PsychologyThe University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Gesell InstituteNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Guilford Public SchoolsGuilfordUSA

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