The Development of Structures Through Interaction

  • Robert W. Lawler
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 12)


Vygotsky asserts that the internalization of socially rooted and historically developed activities is the feature distinguishing between human and subhuman psychology1. Piaget claims that the development of knowledge can only be understood through appreciating the history of structural changes deriving from experience2. Lewin argues that a central task for the cognitive sciences is going beyond the search for statistical norms of behavior to the detailed consideration of particular cases of individuals interacting with their milieu3. I have studied the learning of one child in breadth and in detail through a period of six months and more to trace the development of her cognitive structures. [203] The general objective of THIS effort is to use detail of THAT study to address some of the cited themes in a more computational fashion than was attempted in [203]. Some progress has been made to date, reported in “Learning Concrete Strategies Through Interaction” and “The Internalization of External Processes”4.


Memory Organization Temperature Control System Power Stroke External Process Ambitious Work 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Lawler
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  1. 1.GTE LaboratoriesFRLWalthamUSA

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