The Learning Paradigm as a Technique for Investigating Cognitive Development

  • Bruce A. Linder
  • Linda S. Siegel
Part of the Springer Series in Cognitive Development book series (SSCOG)


For decades researchers studying cognitive development have used paradigms that are based on the procedures described by Piaget and others. The basic design of these assessments is that children are presented with a set of materials (e.g., rows of objects) and asked questions based on these materials (e.g., “Which one has more or do they both have the same number?”). Children’s responses to the questions are taken as an index of their cognitive processes. The aim of these procedures is to find out what children know when they enter the session. This approach is a structural one, intended to find out what children do and do not understand about the situation.


Discrimination Learning Learn Paradigm Negative Instance Kindergarten Child Experimental Child Psychology 
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  • Linda S. Siegel

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