The Role of Intraindividual Variability in Learning and Cognitive Development

Authored by: Martha W. Alibali , Pooja G. Sidney

Handbook of Intraindividual Variability Across the Life Span

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415534864
eBook ISBN: 9780203113066
Adobe ISBN: 9781136285233

10.4324/9780203113066.ch5

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Abstract

Children’s behavior often varies from one moment to the next. A toddler might say, “I drawed a doggy,” and moments later, the same child might say, “I drew it!” A first-grader might solve an addition problem by counting both addends on her fingers, but when solving the same problem a few minutes later, she might count up from the larger addend. This chapter addresses the significance of such intraindividual variability for children’s learning and cognitive development.

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