Temporal decentering and the development of temporal concepts
McCormack, Teresa and Hoerl, Christoph. (2008) Temporal decentering and the development of temporal concepts. Language Learning, Vol.58 (Suppl.1). pp. 89-113. ISSN 0023-8333Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9922.2008.00464.x
This article reviews some recent research on the development of temporal cognition, with reference to Weist's (1989) account of the development of temporal understanding. Weist's distinction between two levels of temporal decentering is discussed, and empirical studies that may be interpreted as measuring temporal decentering are described. We argue that if temporal decentering is defined simply in terms of the coordination of the temporal locations of three events, it may fail to fully capture the properties of mature temporal understanding. Characterizing the development of mature temporal cognition may require, in addition, distinguishing between event-dependent and event-independent thought about time. Experimental evidence relevant to such a distinction is described; these findings suggest that there may be important changes between 3 and 5 years in children's ability to think about points in time independently of the events that occur at those times.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Time perception in children|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Language Learning|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.|
|Number of Pages:||25|
|Page Range:||pp. 89-113|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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