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The second metatheoretical solution treats transformational change as the bedrock reality and marginalizes the signiﬁcance of variation. Here, variation is seen as rather irrelevant noise in a transformational system. Although this solution is seldom actually articulated, some stage theories, such as Erik Erikson’s (1968) theory of psychosocial development, have elevated transformational change to a point that the importance of the variational seems to disappear below the horizon. The third metatheoretical approach does not approach transformation and variation as competing alternative, but rather it understands them as fundamentally real, necessary, and interrelated features of development.
This solution is also adopted by those who portray cognitive development as either a simple increase in representational content (see Scholnick & Cookson, 1994) or as an increase in the efﬁciency with which this content is processed (Siegler, 1989, 1996; Sternberg, 1984; Valsiner, 1994). The second metatheoretical solution treats transformational change as the bedrock reality and marginalizes the signiﬁcance of variation. Here, variation is seen as rather irrelevant noise in a transformational system.
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