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Olson, David R. 1935-

Works: 119 works in 486 publications in 5 languages and 11,736 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Biography  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other
Classifications: P211, 302.2244
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Most widely held works by David R Olson
The world on paper : the conceptual and cognitive implications of writing and reading by David R Olson( Book )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What role has writing played in the development of our modern understanding of language, nature, and ourselves? In the historical and developmental account, David Olson offers a new perspective on this process. Reversing the traditional assumption about the relation between speech and writing, he argues that writing provides an important model of the way we think about speech; that our consciousness of language is structured by our writing system. In addition, he argues that writing provides our dominant models for thinking about nature and the mind, and shows how our understanding of the world and our understanding of ourselves are by-products of our ways of creating and interpreting written texts. This challenging study draw in recent advances in history, anthropology, linguistics, and psychology
Media and symbols : the forms of expression, communication, and education by National Society for the Study of Education( Book )

27 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The handbook of education and human development : new models of learning, teaching, and schooling by David R Olson( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contributors are all leading international researchers. Each of them has drawn out the theoretical and practical implications of their new understanding in order to provide a volume that will bridge theory and practice in the fields of human development and education
Developing theories of mind( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literacy, language, and learning : the nature and consequences of reading and writing by David R Olson( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cognitive development; the child's acquisition of diagonality by David R Olson( Book )

25 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When this book was first published, David Olson was examining the developing representation and use of diagonals in the context of much larger questions, questions also explored by Vygotsky, Cassirer, Gombrich, and Bruner. These include such issues as conceptual development, conceptual change, and stage-like transitions in one's knowledge and belief. Some of these problems remain at virtually the same stage of solution to this day. Other problems have indeed been solved or at least come closer to solution, leading the author to think about the precise cognitive representations that allowed for
Literacy and orality by David R Olson( Book )

32 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this study of the social and psychological implications of literacy, sixteen distinguished scholars provide a sustained and detailed examination of the relations between orality and literacy, the traditions based on them, the functions served by them, and the psychological and linguistic processes recruited and enhanced by them. By shedding the romantic view that literacy is the road to rationality and modernity, the volume provides a more functional view of literacy. The articles place new emphasis on the relationship between speaking and writing and highlight the different ways in which people exploit the particular resources of speech and writing for special purposes, such as building communities, creating records, and specializing genres, such as prose fiction, enhancing private study and meditation, and enhancing the specialization and organization of knowledge
The Social foundations of language and thought : essays in honor of Jerome S. Bruner( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spatial cognition : the structure and development of mental representations of spatial relations by David R Olson( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1983. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
Psychological theory and educational reform : how school remakes mind and society by David R Olson( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and French and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than a century educational reformers have looked for a breakthrough in the sciences of psychology and pedagogy that would dramatically improve the effectiveness of schooling. This book shows why such an ambition is an illusion. Schools are institutions that attempt to balance the needs of a bureaucratic society that funds them with the personal goals, interests, hopes, and ambitions of the students who enroll in them. Reform efforts attempt to realign that balance without any clear conception of how the two are related. This book offers a theoretical account of the relation between the minds of learners and the institutional structure of the school that would account for both the ways that schooling remakes minds and societies and for the reasons such institutions are resistant to change."--Jacket
Modes of thought : explorations in culture and cognition( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen leading scholars examine the issues of universality and diversity in human thought
The making of literate societies( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, a result of a policy forum of educational psychologists, sociologists, policy makers and field workers, aims to highlight the role of literacy in social development and the directions that governments and other agencies should take in designing their literacy programmes. The volume is divided into two major sections. The first examines literacy as a social practice in "literate societies". As this section makes clear, literacy development reflects both the intrinsic structure of the society and reshapes those activities and institutions in the direction of producing cultures organized around texts. The second part examines, through carefully chosen case studies, ongoing literacy projects, programmes and other initiatives in developing societies in Asia, Africa and Central and South America
The Cambridge handbook of literacy( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everything that is involved in being and becoming literate is the concern of this interdisciplinary group of distinguished scholars
Developing theories of intention : social understanding and self-control( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, leading scholars address difficult but fascinating questions concerning intentionality as it is manifested in a wide variety of contexts, including imitation in infancy, early understanding of mental states, reasoning in nonhuman primates, executive function, language acquisition, and narrative understanding. Collectively, the contributors demonstrate that intentionality is a key issue in the cognitive and social sciences. Moreover, in a way that was anticipated more than a century ago by the seminal work of J. Mark Baldwin, they are beginning to reveal how the control of action is related in development to children's emerging self-consciousness and their increasingly sophisticated appreciation of other people's perspectives
Minds in the making : essays in honor of David R. Olson( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theory of mind and literacy are two widely researched and studied areas of cognitive development. In this volume, Janet Wilde-Astington has gathered together a number of well-known experts to write, at an accessible level, reviews of the key areas in both literacy and theory of mind research
L'univers de l'écrit : comment la culture écrite donne forme à la pensée by David R Olson( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réflexions sur le rôle de l'écrit dans le développement de la compréhension du langage, de la nature, du développement psychologique. Analyse historique et culturelle de la maîtrise de l'écrit, en étudiant la structure même du savoir modifié par la manière dont on s'est efforcé de représenter le monde sur papier
Jerome Bruner : the cognitive revolution in educational theory by David R Olson( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerome Bruner is the vanguard of “the cognitive revolution” in psychology and the predominant spokesman for the role of culture and education in the making of the modern mind. In this text Olson encourages the reader to think about children as Bruner did, not as bundles of traits and dispositions to be diagnosed and remediated, but as thoughtful, keenly interested, agentive persons who are willing and indeed able to play an important role in their own learning and development. Through the unique approach of combining commentary and conversation with Bruner, the author provides an insight into
Common sense : the foundations for social science( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scripts and literacy : reading and learning to read alphabets, syllabaries, and characters by Insup Taylor( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literacy is a concern of all nations of the world, whether they be classified as developed or undeveloped. A person must be able to read and write in order to function adequately in society, and reading and writing require a script. But what kinds of scripts are in use today, and how do they influence the acquisition, use and spread of literacy? Scripts and Literacy is the first book to systematically explore how the nature of a script affects how it is read and how one learns to read and write it. It reveals the similarities underlying the world's scripts and the features that distinguish how they are read. Scholars from different parts of the world describe several different scripts, e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian Amerindian -- and how they are learned. Research data and theories are presented. This book should be of primary interest to educators and researchers in reading and writing around the world
Literacy, narrative and culture by Jens Brockmeier( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An important contribution to the multi-disciplinary study of literacy, narrative and culture, this work argues that literacy is perhaps best described as an ensemble of socially and historically embedded activities of cultural practices. It suggests viewing written language, producing and distributing, deciphering and interpreting signs, are closely related to other cultural practices such as narrative and painting. The papers of the first and second parts illustrate this view in contexts that range from the pre-historical beginnings of tracking signs' in hunter-gatherer cultures, and the emergence of modern literate traditions in Europe in the 17th to 19th century, to the future of electronically mediated writing in times of the post-Gutenberg galaxy. The chapters of the third present results of recent research in developmental and educational psychology
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The world on paper : the conceptual and cognitive implications of writing and reading
Alternative Names
David R. Olson Canadian psychologist

Olson, D. R.

Olson, D. R. 1935-

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Olson, David Ⅲ 1935-

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Olson, David Richard 1935-

올슨, 데이비드 R. 1935-

The handbook of education and human development : new models of learning, teaching, and schoolingDeveloping theories of mindLiteracy and oralityThe Social foundations of language and thought : essays in honor of Jerome S. BrunerPsychological theory and educational reform : how school remakes mind and societyModes of thought : explorations in culture and cognitionThe making of literate societiesThe Cambridge handbook of literacy