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Action, Interaction, and Cognitive Development: Process-Oriented Research With 5- to 8-Year-Old Children: Christiane Vandenplas-Holper

According to Piaget's theory, cognitive development proceeds by equilibration, a continuous balancing between assimilation and accommodation (Piaget, 1975). Since the 1970s, researchers have tried to test empirically the construct of equilibration, which has only a theoretical status in Piaget's theory. Different designs have been used. Some clinically oriented studies have provided a more or less detailed description of the child's interaction with his or her physical and/or social environment. Experimental studies have systematically manipulated sociocognitive conflict. Finally, other studies have related process-oriented variables and outcome-oriented variables.