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Piaget/Psychological theories/Upton: while Piaget is seen as a proponent of discontinuous development of psychological skills and abilities, psychologists generally agree that neither approach [continuity vs. discontinuity] is complete. It is more likely that some processes may be better described as continuous and others as occurring through stages. There is also some suggestion that continuous and discontinuous processes may interact. Neo-Piagetian theory (e.g. Case, 1999)(1) suggests that the changes in information-processing mechanisms, such as speed and memory capacity, are responsible
Upton I 4
for the progression from stage to stage. Cf. >Continuity/Developmental psychology.



1. Case, R (1999) Neopiagetian theories of cognitive development Neo-Piagetian theories of cognitive development, in Beilin, H and Pufall, P (eds), Piaget’s Theory: Prospects and possibilities (pp61–104). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


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Psychological Theories
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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