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ERIC Number: ED012893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 1
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THE MEASUREMENT OF CHILDREN'S MEANING.
DI VESTA, FRANCIS J.
ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN IN EACH OF THE GRADES 2 THROUGH 6 WERE INCLUDED IN THIS STUDY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEANING IN CHILDREN. BASED ON STUDIES WITH ADULTS BY OSGOOD ET AL, THIS RESEARCH EXAMINED THE HYPOTHESIS THAT THE "EVALUATIVE" SYSTEM OF AFFECTIVE MEANING DEVELOPS FIRST, FOLLOWED BY INCREASED USE OF THE "POTENCY" AND "ACTIVITY" SYSTEMS. IN THE FIRST STAGE OF THIS STUDY, ADJECTIVES WERE ELICITED TO 100 COMMON NOUNS. WHEN THESE WERE ORDERED BY FREQUENCY AND INDEPENDENCE OF OCCURRENCE, THE DATA SUGGESTED THAT THE EVALUATION DIMENSION IS A PRIMARY BASIS FOR THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF CONNOTATIVE MEANINGS AND IS ONE OF THE FIRST ATTRIBUTES OF THE QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE TO BE EMPLOYED BY CHILDREN. THE SECOND PHASE OF THE INVESTIGATION USED THE ADJECTIVES ELICITED TO CONSTRUCT SCALES OF BI-POLAR ADJECTIVES (WRONG-RIGHT, LIGHT-HEAVY, STRONG-WEAK, ETC.). EACH CHILD RATED WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH SOCIAL VALUES, CONCRETE CONCEPTS, AND POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ABSTRACT CONCEPTS ON THESE SCALES. THE RESULTS OF THESE STUDIES INDICATE THAT THE DIMENSIONS OF CHILDREN'S SEMANTIC STRUCTURES ARE VERY SIMILAR TO THOSE OF THE ADOLESCENT AND ADULT. THEREFORE, THE SEMANTIC STRUCTURE OF QUALIFICATION APPEARS TO OCCUR WITH REGULARITY ACROSS A WIDE AGE RANGE. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "PEDAGOGISK FORSKNING," 1966, PUBLISHED AT UNIVERSITETSFORLAGET, POSTBOKS 307, BLINDERN, OSLO 3, NORWAY. (JD)
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Identifiers: Verbal Mediation