Constructing an understanding of mind: The development of children's social understanding within social interaction
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):79-96 (2004)
Theories of children's developing understanding of mind tend to emphasize either individualistic processes of theory formation, maturation, or introspection, or the process of enculturation. However, such theories must be able to account for the accumulating evidence of the role of social interaction in the development of social understanding. We propose an alternative account, according to which the development of children's social understanding occurs within triadic interaction involving the child's experience of the world as well as communicative interaction with others about their experience and beliefs (Chapman 1991; 1999). It is through such triadic interaction that children gradually construct knowledge of the world as well as knowledge of other people. We contend that the extent and nature of the social interaction children experience will influence the development of children's social understanding. Increased opportunity to engage in cooperative social interaction and exposure to talk about mental states should facilitate the development of social understanding. We review evidence suggesting that children's understanding of mind develops gradually in the context of social interaction. Therefore, we need a theory of development in this area that accords a fundamental role to social interaction, yet does not assume that children simply adopt socially available knowledge but rather that children construct an understanding of mind within social interaction. Key Words: language; Piaget; social interaction; theories of mind; Vygotsky; Wittgenstein.
|Keywords||language Piaget social interaction theories of mind Vygotsky Wittgenstein|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Thomas Fuchs (2013). The Phenomenology and Development of Social Perspectives. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (4):655-683.
Leon de Bruin, Derek Strijbos & Marc Slors (2011). Early Social Cognition: Alternatives to Implicit Mindreading. [REVIEW] Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2 (3):499-517.
Ulf Liszkowski, Malinda Carpenter & Michael Tomasello (2008). Twelve-Month-Olds Communicate Helpfully and Appropriately for Knowledgeable and Ignorant Partners. Cognition 108 (3):732-739.
Søren Overgaard & John Michael (2013). The Interactive Turn in Social Cognition Research: A Critique. Philosophical Psychology 28 (2):160-183.
Ulf Liszkowski, Penny Brown, Tara Callaghan, Akira Takada & Conny de Vos (2012). A Prelinguistic Gestural Universal of Human Communication. Cognitive Science 36 (4):698-713.
Similar books and articles
Tim P. German & Alan M. Leslie (2004). No (Social) Construction Without (Meta-)Representation: Modular Mechanisms as a Basis for the Capacity to Acquire an Understanding of Mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):106-107.
Arlene S. Walker-Andrews & Judith A. Hudson (2004). Interpretation Based on Richness of Experience: Theory Development From a Social-Constructivist Perspective. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):128-129.
Janet Wilde Astington (2004). What's New About Social Construction? Distinct Roles Needed for Language and Communication. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):96-97.
Karen Bartsch & David Estes (2004). Articulating the Role of Experience in Mental State Understanding: A Challenge for Theory-Theory and Other Theories. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):99-100.
Michael Siegal (2004). Social Understanding and the Cognitive Architecture of Theory of Mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):122-122.
Elliot Turiel (1983). The Development of Social Knowledge: Morality and Convention. Cambridge University Press.
Jeremy I. M. Carpendale & Charlie Lewis (2004). Constructing Understanding, with Feeling. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):130-141.
Stephanie Zerwas, Geetha Balaraman & Celia Brownell (2004). Constructing an Understanding of Mind with Peers. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):130-130.
Robin Banerjee (2004). The Role of Social Experience in Advanced Social Understanding. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):97-98.
Nina Howe (2004). The Sibling Relationship as a Context for the Development of Social Understanding. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):110-111.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads74 ( #45,843 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #99,332 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?