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Microdevelopment is the process of change in abilities, knowledge and understanding during short time-spans. This book presents a new process-orientated view of development and learning based on recent innovations in psychology research. Instead of characterising abilities at different ages, researchers investigate processes of development and learning that evolve through time and explain what enables progress in them. Four themes are highlighted: variability, mechanisms that create transitions to higher levels of knowledge, interrelations between changes in the short-term scale of microdevelopment and the crucial effect of context. Learning and development are analysed in and out of school, in the individual's activities and through social interaction, in relation to simple and complex problems and in everyday behaviour and novel tasks. With contributions from the foremost researchers in the field Microdevelopment will be essential reading for all interested in cognitive and developmental science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521660532
ISBN-10: 052166053X
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nira Granott

Nira Granott is an assistant professor at the School of Human Development, University of Texas at Dallas, and director of the Microdevelopmental Lab at the UT Dallas. She has a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Media Laboratory, and Ed.M. from Harvard University, the Graduate School of Education. She had taught in teachers' continuing education programs, at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and at UT Dallas. She had worked as an educational software designer, producer of multimedia projects in educational television, and consultant for software design projects. Her primary research interests are collaborative microdevelopment, the process of change in development and learning, pathways and mechanisms in the emergence of change, and the way people at different ages interact with each other to make change happen. Included in Who's Who in the World, 2001. Member of American Psychological Society, Society for Research in Child Development, Jean Piaget Society, and American Educational Research Association. Jim Parziale is a part-time professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a teacher and science resource teacher for Brookline Public School, Brookline, Massachusetts. He has an Ed.D. in human development and psychology from Harvard University and has won many awards for teaching excellence. His primary research interests are the process of knowledge construction during classroom science activities and the self-organization of children and adults' knowledge with interrelations to the environments in which problems are solved.

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