How is a new procedure invented? How did our subjects decide what to do? This is the juncture where all of the psychological questions converge. For in devising an appropriate maneuver, the child appears to demonstrate an understanding of the structure underlying the problem, an understanding which goes beyond the particular collection of procedures he or she happens to have collected. According to Piaget, understanding the structure ultimately originates in previous encounters, and what was learned from them, singly and collectively. It follows that, if we go back far enough, the structure was not known on some of those previous occasions that lead to its construction. The tension between particular interactions, which were narrowly success oriented, and the construction of more and more powerful structures, is the central concern of developmental psychology (Brown, 1985; Leiser, 1987).
KeywordsOperational Structure General Skill Final Configuration Transitive Inference Distant Element
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.