Philosophy of Science, Supplemental Issue, 63 (1996), s202-s210.
I offer an account of theories useful in addressing the question of
whether children are theoreticians whose development can be regarded as
the product of theory change. I argue that to regard a set of propositions
as a theory is to be committed to evaluating that set in terms of its explanatory
power. If theory change is the substance of cognitive development, we should
see patterns of affect and arousal consonant with the emergence and resolution
of explanation-seeking curiosity. Affect has largely been ignored as a
potential source of support or disconfirmation for the "theory theory"
of cognitive development.
Or email me (eschwitz at domain- ucr.edu) for a copy of this paper.
A revised an expanded version of this paper appeared in Science & Education in 1999, as "Children's Theories and the Drive to Explain".
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