A Lifespan Developmental Perspective on Strategic Processing

Authored by: Amélie Rogiers , Emmelien Merchie , Fien De Smedt , Liesje De Backer , Hilde Van Keer

Handbook of Strategies and Strategic Processing

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  January  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138389939
eBook ISBN: 9780429423635
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From a developmental perspective, learning is conceptualized as a process wherein change unfolds through different stages (i.e., acclimation, competence, and proficiency). The purpose of this chapter is to elaborate on a developmental orientation of strategic processing. Accordingly, we present an overarching framework on strategic processing that encompasses changes in learners’ strategy use across the lifespan. This framework is multi-staged in nature and illuminates essential characteristics throughout distinct stages for diverse individuals who are learning in markedly different contexts. Derived from this developmental framework, implications for practice are put forward.

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