The Development and Meaning of Psychological Distance

The Development and Meaning of Psychological Distance

by Rodney R. Cocking
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805807470

ISBN-13: 9780805807479

Pub. Date: 03/01/1993

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

One of the paradoxes in developmental theory is the child's simultaneous intrapsychic and interpsychic development. While the child is growing in mental capacity and struggling to define self, behaviors are also being learned whose function is to integrate self into a social network, which often means that egocentric behaviors are in conflict with sociocentric ones

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One of the paradoxes in developmental theory is the child's simultaneous intrapsychic and interpsychic development. While the child is growing in mental capacity and struggling to define self, behaviors are also being learned whose function is to integrate self into a social network, which often means that egocentric behaviors are in conflict with sociocentric ones. This theory draws upon processes that promote both individual and social growth into a unified theory of development.

A construct pertinent to almost all dimensions of psychological research, psychological distance is conceptualized as either the distance between what the learner understands and what still has to be understood (intrapsychic), or ways in which others adjust information for the learner in order to be fully comprehended (interpsychic). Psychological distance appears to serve both organizing and explanatory functions across seemingly diverse sets of theoretical and research questions, such as differentiation of self in personality development; conceptual representation in cognitive development; dialogue in the development of communication skills; information processing in cognitive science; regulatory mechanisms in the growth of control processes; and concept formation in cross-over areas of cognition, learning and thinking skills.

This volume is based on papers presented as part of the Invitational Conference honoring Irving E. Sigel, Distinguished Research Scientist, at Educational Testing Service. In each of the chapters different models are utilized to account for the construct of psychological distance, and as such, to suggest extensions of Sigel's seminal work in this area. Together, these contributions form the basis of a discussion of psychological distance as a developmental construct — a construct which permits serious consideration of individual differences as a function of both the process and the product of cognition and ecology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805807479
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Foreword
List of Contributors
Pt. IPsychological Distance and Developmental Theory
1Psychological Distance as a Unifying Theory of Development3
2Psychological Distance and Behavioral Paradigms19
3The Encoding of Distance: The Concept of the Zone of Proximal Development and Its Interpretations35
4Distancing Theory From a Distance63
Pt. IIPsychological Distance as a Cognitive Demand
5Temperamental Contributions to Styles of Reactivity to Discrepancy81
6Distancing and Dual Representation91
7Psychological Distance in Self-Imposed Delay of Gratification109
8Structural Changes in Children's Understanding of Family Roles and Divorce123
9The Centrality of a Distancing Model for the Development of Representational Competence141
Pt. IIIPsychological Distance as an Ecological Demand
10Representational Competence in Shared Symbol Systems: Electronic Media From Radio to Video Games161
11Children's Conflicts: Representations and Lessons Learned185
12The Social Origins of Individual Mental Functioning: Alternatives and Perspectives203
13Psychological Distance and Underachievement219
14Putting the Distance into Students' Hands: Practical Intelligence for School237
Author Index255
Subject Index261

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