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The Social Development of the Intellect

1st Edition, Volume 10 - November 30, 1984

Authors: W. Doise, G. Mugny, A. St. James, N. Emler, D. Mackie

Editor: Michael Argyle

Language: English
eBook ISBN:
9 7 8 - 1 - 4 8 3 2 - 8 6 1 0 - 5

The definition of intelligence has become the object of many controversies - particularly about its nature and the causes of its development - with essential social implications at… Read more

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The definition of intelligence has become the object of many controversies - particularly about its nature and the causes of its development - with essential social implications at stake. To get out of this deadlock, the authors of this book propose a social conception of intelligence and of its development: they consider intelligence as resulting from the inter-individual coordinations of actions and judgements. They experimentally study how groups of children elaborate new cognitive tools which their members, taken individually, did not possess at the start, and how these cognitive tools are subsequently used by the child alone.