ERIC Number: ED026140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Concept Identification Strategies. Research Project Number 3 of Project Head Start Research and Evaluation Center, Syracuse University Research Institute, November 1, 1967.
Meyer, William J.; Hultsch, David
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of age differences and differences in memory load on concept identification (CI) tasks of varying levels of complexity. Previous studies with young children found increasingly better performance on CI tasks with increasing age. This was in part due to the fact that older subjects categorize stimulus information to a greater extent than younger subjects. Perhaps a reduction of the memory load required in the task would benefit the younger children more than the older children, because it would reduce the irrelevant stimulus dimensions of the task which bother younger children. The subjects for this study were 54 kindergarten and 54 second grade children. They were administered CI tasks of three levels of complexity and three levels of memory load. The results from the subjects' performances on these tasks indicated that the younger children were more adversely affected by increased concept complexity than the older children. No significant age-memory load interaction occurred. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Research Inst.
Identifiers: Concept Identification; Memory Load