Cognitive Issues about Dealing

  • Gary Davis
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


Certain features of preschoolers’ responses to questions such as “Is there a fair share ?”, when they had just apportioned a number of discrete items using a dealing strategy, seemed to me to require further investigation. After all, dealing is sufficient in itself to establish fair shares, and counting is not required. I was particularly interested in the question of whether the children in the study reported in Chapter 2 were aware that dealing was sufficient to ensure equality of shares and that counting after sharing is simply a checking procedure, or whether they indeed felt that counting, or some other check, was essential in determining a fair share.


Cognitive Activity Thought Process Cognitive Aspect Fair Share Logical Aspect 
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