An Introduction to the Young Person’s View of Learning

  • Karen Zelan
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


The unknown attracts the youngster from his very first learning attempts whether he is walking, talking, learning the alphabet, or endeavoring to understand literature and the sciences. Exploring his world in bits and pieces, he is much like the scholar who seeks knowledge on a larger scale and in a more organized fashion. Whatever is not immediately comprehensible to the child and the scholar holds compelling fascination. For the scholar, repeated attempts to explore the unknown result in increasingly comprehensive versions of what is true and real. Children, too, must learn to replace earlier, immature “theories” with more accurate thought constructions, accounting for additional, sometimes unexpected reality features.


Young People Young Person Knowledge Acquisition Personal Meaning Structural Imperative 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Zelan
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  1. 1.BerkeleyUSA

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