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›› 2008, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (1): 65-70.

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Analogical Transfer of Problem-Solving Strategies in Children

Chen Zhe;Wang Ruiming;Mo Lei   

  1. Center for Studies of Psychological Application, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
  • Received:2007-04-04 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2008-01-15 Published:2008-01-15
  • Contact: Mo Lei

Abstract: Analogical transfer of problem-solving strategies, which refers to the generalization of problem-solving strategies across isomorphic tasks, is a fundamental issue in the study of children cognitive development. Until fairly recently, analogical transfer has received little sustained attention in child development research. However, numerous studies have been conducted over the past decade, thus providing insights into issues central to children’s thinking and analogical problem solving. This article describes recent advances in the research on children’s analogical transfer. Several trends in research focus have emerged: from performance to early competencies, from age differences to facilitative factors, from abilities to underlying processes, from demonstration of skills to generalization to various domains, and from near to remote transfer. Finally, directions for future research in this field are suggested

Key words: problem-solving, analogical transfer, children

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