First Steps In Mental Growth; A Series Of Studies In The Psychology Of Infancy

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byDavid R. Major

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...as old or familiar because of the similarity of its form to a well known object or article. Many of the infant's efforts at classifying are based on form. Sometimes a few points of similarity are enough to lead the child to put in the same class objects which are very different in other respects. For example, R. in his eighteenth month used the word " mum" to name any four-legged animal--a horse, a cow, a calf, a pig, a moose,--which he saw afield. The word " baw " which R. had learned was applied (sixteenth to twentieth months) to balls, green apples, pears, green grapes, radishes, squashes--anything which resembled roughly the shape of a ball. At first, it seemed that the assimilation of those objects as balls was through touch and handling rather than through the eyes; that is, the similarity which the child noted of the objects called " baw," was in what could be done with them, and with their " feel" rather than in their visual appearance; but he soon began to class objects by the aid of the eyes alone. Thus form together with use and what the things do come to be the most important attributes in determining the child's classification of objects about him. Usually his classifications are broad and loose; and sometimes he goes far astray; then we get the definitions and generalizations which make the bulk of the humorous sayings of children; e. g., an elephant is described as " a big thing that walks backward." Teaching simple geometrical forms.--Beginning with the first week of R.'s twenty-eighth month, I began a series of lessons in which I tried to teach him the names of a few simple geometrical forms. The experiment turned out to be a study of the child's ability and willingness to remember arbitrary word.sounds or names in...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...as old or familiar because of the similarity of its form to a well known object or article. Many of the infant'...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217476600

ISBN - 13:9780217476607

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