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The behavioural contract : a neo-Piagetian view of the collaboration between individuals and their environments, based on the form and synchrony between an EEG cognitive competence profile and cognitive performance profiles

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Anderson, RG (1986) The behavioural contract : a neo-Piagetian view of the collaboration between individuals and their environments, based on the form and synchrony between an EEG cognitive competence profile and cognitive performance profiles. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

THE BEHAVIOURAL CONTRACT:—
A neo-piagetian view of the collaboration between individuals
and their environments based on the form and synchrony
between an EEG cognitive competence profile and cognitive
performance profiles.
This paper adopts a competence-performance view of
cognitive development (Flavell and Wohlwill 1969; Fischer
1980; Bertenthal, cited Fischer 1981; Bullock, cited Fischer
1981; Fischer and Silvern 1985) where cognitive competence
reflects the structure of the individuals' minds and
cognitive performance is a variable derived from a
collaboration between individuals and their environments
(Fischer and Bullock 1984). It is hypothesised that
cognitive performance profiles reflect the cognitive
competence component of the collaboration when the learning
environment is manipulated to induce an individual's best
performance.
It is argued that EEG data suggests the location of
powerful alpha wave generators located in the
occipital-parietal region of the brain. Energy from these
appear to be an adequate index of cognitive competence.
Cross-sectional EEG data (Matousek and Petersen 1973) and
other neuro-physiological data are interpreted in terms of a
discontinuous function of the natural logarithm of age, which
maps skill levels defined by Fischer (1980) and presents as a
normative profile of cognitive development.
Patterns of cognitive performances extracted from the
developmental literature provide evidence of profiles of
similar form and synchrony to that derived
neuro-physiologically and this supports the hypothesis. Educational considerations implicit in the
developmental profile suggests a view that decrements in
cognitive performance can be predicted to occur throughout
cognitive development. These should be considered as
corresponding to periods of structural reorganization within
the brain. The outcome of which is a more effective level of
cognitive competence which increases that components ability
to act in future collaborations with the environment, so
increasing the expectation of the quality of cognitive
performance outcomes.
It is suggested that while SOLO levels (Biggs and
Collis 1982) confound Skill Theory levels the SOLO taxonomy
provides an appropriate and relatively simple technique for
evaluating qualitative changes in performance. First, in
establishing that a new level of competence is attained, and
secondly, in observing any environmentally induced decline
from optimal performance.

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Thesis (M. Ed. Stud.) -- University of Tasmania, 1986. Bibliography: leaves 92-100

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:59
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