Speech and practical intellectual activity of a child (an experimental-theoretical study) (part IV)

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Abstract

This final, third part of the article gives the results of a study on dynamic relations between the level of language generalizations development and the width of transfer, that is, the level of practical intellectual operations. The technique of the empirical research consisted of tasks on mechanical connections and relations. One of the main goals was to explore the limits of transferring the solution from one task to another. Fifty-four children aged from 2 to 11 years participated in the study. The article shows that meaning transfer is a real psychological activity, from which generalization emerges, in which it develops, and through which it is realized. The article sums up the results obtained in the research and describes the possible ways of carrying out further investigations on the same subject. It also gives the preliminary materials of the empirical research that puts forward a hypothesis that generalization not only reveals itself in transfer, but it actually comes into existence through it. In other words, notions develop when they are used in practice.

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Keywords: meaning, generalization, transfer, practical intellect, thinking, speech

Journal rubric: History of Science

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Bozhovich L.I. Speech and practical intellectual activity of a child (an experimental-theoretical study) (part IV). Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2006. Vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 101–113. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

Information About the Authors

Lidia I. Bozhovich, Doctor of Psychology, Soviet psychologist, professor, student of Lev Vygotsky, Moscow, USSR

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