ERIC Number: ED040758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
A Study of One Learner Cognitive Style and the Ability to Generalize Behavioral Competencies.
Carter, Heather L.
The generalization of acquired competencies, specifically flexibility of closure, was the subject of this research. Flexibility of closure was defined as the ability to demonstrate selective attention to a specified set of elements when presented within various settings (the larger the number of settings from which the desired set of elements can be selected, the higher the level of flexibility of closure). This study sought, specifically, to determine whether or not there is a significant relationship between flexibility of closure and the ability to generalize. The subjects were a randomly selected group of 64 first, second, third, and fourth graders. Flexibility of closure was measured by "The Children's Embedded Figures Test." Ability to generalize was measured by the"Science Process Instrument." The science topics covered were contained in the elementary science program "Science--A Process Approach." Analysis of data revealed a significant correlation between the generalization scores and the scores on the flexibility of closure measure for the total group. When the data was broken down by grade level and sex, however, the findings were not significant for girls or the first and second grade. (MH)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.
Identifiers: Childrens Embedded Figures Test; Flexibility Of Closure; Science Process Instrument (AAAS)