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Compare and contrast the five information processing theories of development. The theories are Neo-Piagetian, Phychometric, Production System, Connectionist and Cognitive Evolution Theories.

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OTA ORIGINAL COMMENTARY: Neo-Piagetian learning theory refers to a new interpretation, or a more modern interpretation of the original learning theories espoused by Piaget. Piaget conducted several experiments with flawed methodologies at the early part of the century, and deduced his learning theories based on these flawed experiments. His methods were not questioned, however, until much later, until well after these learning theories had gained wide-spread acceptance. I have copied and pasted an excerpt from a Web site which does a good job of explaining these neo- theories based on Piaget's original theories below for you to see. This portion comes from the following site:


In his 1992 review of Jean Piaget's theory, Harry Beilin compared its influence on the study of cognitive development to that of Shakespeare on English literature. Any theorist who has studied cognitive development in children from the middle of the twentieth century onward has been a neo-Piagetian in that broad sense. However, the subject of this entry is a smaller group of researchers who have called themselves neo-Piagetians. Because the neo-label directs attention back to a theory's origins, most neo-Piagetian researchers eventually chose other names that focused on their theories' new elements. Thus Kurt Fischer's neo-Piagetian theory became known as skill theory (Fischer & Pipp, 1984; Schwartz & Fischer, 2004) and Robbie Case's evolved into central conceptual structure theory (Griffin, 2004).

Neo-Piagetian theorists kept Piaget's idea that the progress of cognitive development is more like climbing a series of stairs (the stages) than walking smoothly up a ramp. They also agreed with Piaget that biological maturation sets broad upper limits on the kinds of thinking children are capable of doing at particular ages. All of the neo-Piagetians also shared Piaget's conviction that children's thinking reflects their developing internal mental structures (Case & Okamoto, 1996). However, each of the neo-Piagetians combined this general premise with ideas about the influence of experience on development that were more analytically specific and more attuned to cultural and individual differences than anything found in Piaget's theory. For example, they considered how biological maturation of the central nervous system during the first years of life increases the speed with which children process informationâ?"an idea introduced in 1970 by Pascual-Leone. The neo-Piagetians linked that maturing processing speed to increases in working memory capacity that, in turn, set upper limits on the complexity of problems a child is likely to be able to solve.

The neo-Piagetians also have drawn on information-processing and linguistic theorists' ideas about the contentdomain specificity of cognition. Piaget's theory evolved to include provisions for unevenness in the sophistication of a child's reasoning across different kinds of problems, but this domain specificity is more fundamental to neo-Piagetian theories. The influence of the information-processing paradigm also is evident in the neo-Piagetians' tendency to analyze Piaget's and other cognitive tasks in ways that highlight why one problem may be more or less difficult than another, even within the same content domain. Australian neo-Piagetian Graeme Halford ...

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Analysis and commentary with comparisons on learning theories: Neo-Piagetian, Phychometric, Production System, Connectionist and Cognitive Evolution Theories. Web-based URL citations.