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ERIC Number: ED017944
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 25
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CHILDREN'S REACTIONS TO DISTRACTORS IN A LEARNING SITUATION--A DEVELOPMENTAL INVESTIGATION.
TURNURE, JAMES E.
THE PERFORMANCE OF CHILDREN 5 1/2, 6 1/2, AND 7 1/2 YEARS OF AGE ON AN ODDITY PROBLEM UNDER THREE CONDITIONS OF DISTRACTION WAS INVESTIGATED. SUBJECT'S GLANCES AWAY FROM THE TASK WERE RECORDED ALONG WITH THEIR LEARNING DATA. ON THE BASIS OF EARLIER FINDINGS AND AN HYPOTHESIS THAT THE ABILITY OF CHILDREN TO MOBILIZE AND DIRECT THEIR ATTENTION INCREASES WITH AGE, IT WAS PREDICTED THAT THE DISTRACTORS EMPLOYED WOULD ATTENUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE YOUNGER SUBJECTS BUT WOULD FACILITATE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE OLDER SUBJECTS. THE RESULTS FROM THE ODDITY PROBLEM PROVIDED PARTIAL SUPPORT FOR THE HYPOTHESIS, AS TWO OF THE CONDITIONS WERE ORDERED OVER AGE AS WAS PREDICTED. THE GLANCE DATA OFFERED FURTHER SUPPORT FOR THE ATTENTION MOBILIZING AND DIRECTING HYPOTHESIS. HERE IT WAS FOUND THAT SUBJECTS GLANCED SIGNIFICANTLY MORE AFTER REACHING A LEARNING CRITERION THAN PRIOR TO SUCH MASTERY OF THE TASK, AND CORRELATIONS BETWEEN THE LEARNING AND GLANCE DATA INDICATED THAT BETTER LEARNERS GLANCED LESS. (AUTHOR)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
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