Contemporary approaches to concept development

Sandra R. Waxman*

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In the past several years, developmental researchers have begun to transform the vantage points from which we study concepts and their development. This essay begins with a brief and selective critique of two major psychological theories concerning the structure, representation, and development of concepts (the classical view and the prototype view). This is followed by a discussion of fundamental problems inherent in measuring concepts and other intangible products of the mind. Contemporary approaches to conceptual development and organization are then outlined, with a particular focus on two recently published monographs, Categorization and Naming in Children: Problems of Induction (Markman, 1989) and Concepts, Kinds, and Cognitive Development (Keil, 1989).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalCognitive Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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