[IAEP] [etoys-dev] TED - Alan Kay - Example(8:44)

Alan Kay alan.nemo at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 23 12:40:13 EST 2010

Yes. Jerome Bruner showed that very young children can reason logically but it is difficult for them to do so if overwhelmed by images that seem to indicate the contrary.



From: Maria Droujkova <droujkova at gmail.com>
To: K. K. Subramaniam <subbukk at gmail.com>
Cc: iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org
Sent: Tue, February 23, 2010 9:38:07 AM
Subject: Re: [IAEP] [etoys-dev] TED - Alan Kay - Example(8:44)

On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:42 AM, K. K. Subramaniam <subbukk at gmail.com> wrote:

>On Tuesday 23 February 2010 09:13:59 pm Edward Cherlin wrote:
>>>We also know that simply asking the question and making careful observations
>>>also gives astonishing results, as, for example, in the careers of Maria
>>>Montessori and Jean Piaget. Also Jerome Bruner
>Yes. But these people followed the child. Jean Piaget discovered that children
>>in the 2-7 age group do not comprehend conservation of quantity or use logical
>>thinking. Children don't come with fast forward buttons :-).

There has been research done since then. Conservation of small quantities seems to be inborn, as it is present in the first days after birth. Piagetian experiments have been reconceptualized to be more about language structures than about conceptual structures. Which brings us back to the point that symbolism is not the same as algebra.

Maria Droujkova

math your own, to make your own math. 

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