The development of transitive inference: A review of recent approaches

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Reviews research on the development of transitive inference in children. Two principal approaches, one associated with Piaget's stage theory, the other associated with an information-processing theory, are compared. The 2 approaches differ with respect to 4 aspects of method: choice of task, response required, initial training, and method of feedback. The divergent conclusions of the approaches regarding the age at which transitive inference emerges are discussed in relation to these points of methodological divergence. Several issues in the area of transitive inference are viewed as prototypical of diagnostic problems encountered in cognitive development generally. (33 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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