As the articles in this special issue suggest, linking concrete and abstract representations remains a fundamentally important challenge of cognition development and education research. This issue is considered from the perspective of the dual-representation hypothesis-all symbols are simultaneously objects in their own right and representations of something else-which can shed light on the challenges of linking concrete and symbolic representations. Manipulations that lead children to focus on the object properties may actually make it harder for them to focus on what the symbols represent. Conversely, decreasing children's attention to the object's properties can make it easier for them to establish a link between concrete and symbolic. The educational implications of the dual-representation hypothesis are considered.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Life-span and Life-course Studies
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health