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Representation, philosophy: representations are adopted internal conditions, such as visual imaginations or linguistic completions, which set in as associations or are possibly developed by reconstruction. In a wider sense, sentences, words, and symbols are representations within a character system. See also truth maker, idea, sentences, propositions, intensions, correspondence, speech act theory.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Jean Piaget on Representation - Dictionary of Arguments

Slater I 71/72
Representation/Piaget: Piaget describes (Piaget, 1951(1), p. 63) the behavior of an 18 months old baby, imitating the [behavior] of another child that had visited her on the day before. The baby reproduced the behavior some time after it happened. Therefore, she must have internalized the action at the time of its occurrence: the capacity of representation had appeared (…) allowing for the possibility of deferred imitation. >Imitation/Piaget, >Imitation/Meltzoff.


1. Piaget, J. (1951). Play, dreams, and imitation in childhood. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Inc.

Alan M. Slater, “Imitation in Infancy. Revisiting Meltzoff and Moore’s (1977) Study”, in: Alan M. Slater and Paul C. Quinn (eds.) 2012. Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies. London: Sage Publications

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Upton I 14
Representation/Piaget: thesis: children develop progressively more elaborate and sophisticated mental representations of the world. These mental representations, or schemas, are based on their own actions on the environment and the consequences of these actions. (Piaget 1952(1), 1962(2)).
Critically: Piaget saw the role of the child as taking an active role in his or her own development.


1. Piaget, J. (1952) The Origins of Intelligence in Children. New York: International Universities
Press.
2. Piaget,J. (1962) Play, Dreams and Imitation in Childhood. New York: Norton.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Piag I
J. Piaget
The Psychology Of The Child 2nd Edition 1969

Slater I
Alan M. Slater
Paul C. Quinn
Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies London 2012

Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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