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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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CERCHIARO-CEBALLOS, ELDA  and  PUCHE-NAVARRO, REBECA. Inferential Functioning in Toddlers: An Approach to Micro-development in a Problem-solving Task. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.2, pp.117-135. ISSN 0121-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rcp.v27n2.66054.

The article presents the findings of a research on the emergence of toddlers' capacity to solve problems. The study focused on how 25-month-old children come to understand a safety gate problem, whose solution requires different inferential functions. A micro-genetic methodology was applied, using a problem-solving situation (PSS), in three trials during the same observation session. The analysis focused on inter-individual variations that allowed identifying tendencies in children's performance. The results are evidence of the problem-solving capacity of toddlers, expressed in systematic, organized, self-motivated actions and in the use of complex inferential processes.

Keywords : cognitive development; problem solving; toddlers; inferential functioning; Problem-Solving Situations (PSS).

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