One of the issues central to both classic and contemporary theories of cognitive development is children's goal-directed behavior, which is typically investigated in terms of strategies. This book brings together in one volume the latest research and theory regarding the development of children's strategies for a variety of cognitive tasks.
Opening with a history of strategy development research and concluding with a chapter that integrates the diversity of ideas expressed by the contributors, Children's Strategies offers intervening chapters that examine strategy development for attention, analogical reasoning, mathematics, memory, reading, and problem solving in infancy.
Although there is much common ground shared by the various contributors to this volume, there is no consensus concerning what exactly a strategy is. This mixture of consensus and disagreement reflects both the explosion of research in this area since the late 1960's and the complexity of the issues involved. It also reflects the fact that this is a topic that is very much alive in cognitive circles, one that will continue to stimulate research for years to come.
The papers in this volume describe current research and theory concerning the development of children's strategies for handling a variety of cognitive tasks. After providing a historical view of the concept of strategies in cognitive development, the book highlights many of the issues of concern to contemporary developmental psychologists interested in strategies. The issues discussed include problem solving in infancy, memory, selective attention, mathematics, analogical reasoning, and reading.
Table of Contents
Contents: K.K. Harnishfeqer, D.F. Bjorklund, Children's Strategies: A Brief History. P. Willatts, Development of Problem-Solving Strategies in Infancy. T.H. Folds, M. Footo, R.E. Guttentag, P.A. Ornstein, When Children Mean to Remember: Issues of Context Specificity, Strategy Effectiveness, and Intentionality in the Development of Memory. D.F. Bjorklund, J.E. Muir, W. Schneider, The Role of Knowledge in the Development of Children's Strategies. M.L. Howe, J.T. O'Sullivan, The Development of Strategic Memory: Coordinating Knowledge, Metamemory, and Resources. P.H. Miller, The Development of Strategies of Selective Atten- tion. M.H. Ashcraft, Strategic Processing in Children's Mental Arithmetic. J. Bisanz, J. LeFevre, Strategic and Nonstrategic Processing in the Development of Mathematical Cognition. B. Gholson, D. Morgan, A.R. Danel, The Development of Analogical Problem Solving: Strategic Processes in Schema Acquisition and Transfer R. Garner, Children's Use of Strategies in Reading D.F. Bjorklund, K.K. Harnishfeger, Children's Strategies: Their Definition and Origins.
"...represents an intensive review of the strategy development literature. Both the volume and quality of the empirical data covered in its 11 chapters attest to the tenacity with which researchers have pursued questions of strategic development."
—American Journal of Psychology
"...technical quality is very good. A valuable source for faculty and graduate school students in cognitive developmental psychology."