By Jean Piaget, Jean-Balise Grize, Alina Szeminska, Vinh Bang
Years in the past, brought on by way of Grize, Apostel and Papert, we undertook the learn of capabilities, yet earlier we didn't appropriately comprehend the kinfolk among capabilities and operations, and their expanding interactions on the point of 'constituted functions'. against this, sure contemporary reports on 'constitutive functions', or preoperatory sensible schemes, have confident us of the life of a kind of common sense of capabilities (springing from the schemes of activities) that is ahead of the good judgment of operations (drawn from the overall and reversible coordinations among actions). This preoperatory 'logic' money owed for the very normal, and formerly unexplained, primacy of order family members among four and seven years of age, that is typical in view that features are ordered dependences and consequence from orientated 'applications'. And whereas this 'logic' results in a good demeanour in formalizable buildings, it has gaps or barriers. Psychologically, we're drawn to knowing the method atic error because of this primacy of order, such ·as the undifferentiation of 'longer' and 'farther', or the non-conservations because of ordinal estimations (of degrees, and so on. ), rather than vast or metric reviews. In a feeling that is psychologically very genuine, this preoperatory common sense of constitutive features represents basically the 1st half operatory common sense, if this is often stated, and it really is reversibility which permits the development of the opposite part via finishing the preliminary one-way structures.
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1. FIRST EXPERIMENT: SPONTANEOUS REGULARITIES The apparatus used consists of a long box measuring 30 x 3 cm which is placed horizontally and is subdivided into 24 successive compartments called 'holes' into each of which the child must successfully place one ball chosen freely from a reserve 32 EPISTEMOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF FUNCTIONS containing 25 white ones and 25 red ones. As the child fills each 'hole', a sliding cover is drawn over the compartments which have already been filled thus hiding them.
D and of the 12 movable elements A'" A', ... D' 3 (excluding the E's), which are mixed and distributed on the table. The child is then asked to discover the 'suitability' of each of the elements to its base and then to say (by anticipation and, if he can't, by actual attempts) whether anyone of them can 'suit' two bases (exclusive 'suitability'). ; (4) Consider whether two elements are: (a) identical (there are some for B); (b) very close in shape; (c) equivalent in terms of 'suitability'. The third problem is to imd the inherent characteristic of an element E, introduced at that time (non~xclusive 'suitability').
1 2 CHAPTER 3 FROM REGULARITIES TO PROPORTIONALITIES 1 If functions express the links inherent in schemes of actions and thus constitute the common origin of operations and of causality, it should then be possible, starting from elementary functions of application, to conceive of two modes of composing functions which are distinct, although naturally comprising numerous relations among themselves. The subject can, on the one hand, compose functional dependences between objects and thus orient himself towards the comprehensive systems of physical determination which assure their causal explanation.