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The Future of Formal Thought Research: The Study of Analogy and Metaphor

  • Jeanette McCarthy Gallagher
Part of the Topics in Cognitive Development book series (TOPCOGDEV, volume 2)

Abstract

It is time to move research based upon Piaget’s stage of formal thought into new territory. Recent critics of this stage point out weaknesses in various aspects of the combinatorial system and the four-group (INRC) postulated as the structural foundation for a qualitatively different mode of thinking at the time of adolescence. Specifically, one camp in the old territory concentrates on the weaknesses in Piaget’s use of propositional logic (for example, Brainerd, 1975; Bynum, Thomas, & Weitz, 1972; Ennis, 1975a,b). Some of the confusion in this area may be attributed to misinterpretations of the aim of Piaget’s structuralism: to study children and adolescents not so much as logicians, but as scientists who invent and construct their own understandings (Falmagne, 1975; Stone, 1976).

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Cognitive Development Propositional Logic Analogical Reasoning Chinese Philosophy Combinatorial System 
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  • Jeanette McCarthy Gallagher
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  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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