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Microgenetic Method

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Microgenetic analysis


The microgenetic method is an approach used in cognitive developmental research which allows obtaining detailed data about changes in a particular competence at the moment the change is actually taking place. This approach is characterized by three key properties: (a) observations encompass the entire period of change, starting before the change begins and continuing until the competence has reached a relatively stable state, (b) the density of observations is high relative to the rate of change of the competence under study, and (c) observations are analyzed intensively on an individual and trial-by-trial basis as to understand the process that gives rise to both qualitative and quantitative aspects of change. The second property is especially important. Densely sampling changes while they are occurring provides the temporal resolution needed to understand the process of change.

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Luwel, K. (2012). Microgenetic Method. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA.

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