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Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider$
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John Spencer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.001.0001

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Dynamic Systems and the Quest for Individual-Based Models of Change and Development

Dynamic Systems and the Quest for Individual-Based Models of Change and Development

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(p.313) CHAPTER 16 Dynamic Systems and the Quest for Individual-Based Models of Change and Development
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Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider
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Paul van Geert

Kurt W. Fischer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.003.0016

This chapter discusses the question of how dynamic systems theory can be fruitfully applied to the development of the kind of phenomena and variables that have been of interest for a long time. Examples of these phenomena are (a) the development of language, including the development of the lexicon and syntactic and grammatical knowledge and skill; (b) the development of cognition and thinking, including the emergence and acquisition of cognitive skills and knowledge in various domains; (c) the development of reflective judgment, including metacognition and social understanding; and (d) the development of social skills and behavior. Behind all these phenomena are the development of context-specific but overarching principles of skill formation, such as principles of relationships, systems of relationships, and so on.

Keywords:   connectionism, dynamic systems theory, development of cognition, development of language, development of reflective judgment, development of social skills

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