ERIC Number: ED040878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Number of Instances and Emphasis of Relevant Attribute Values on Mastery of Geometric Concepts by Fourth- and Sixth-Grade Children (Parts 1 and 2).
Frayer, Dorothy Ann
Reported are the results of study (approximately 20 minutes a day for four days) by fourth- and sixth-grade children of programed lessons dealing with geometric concepts. Independent variables of number of instances (4 or 8) and emphasis of relevant attitude values (presence or absence of attention directing and review questions) were varied systematically. Questions were given to test recognition and production of attribute examples, attribute names, concept examples, and non-examples, concept definitions, and relationships of the concepts to one another. The results showed that: (1) increasing the number of instances significantly improved recognition of concept-non-examples for fourth grade children, and (2) emphasis of relevant attribute values significantly increased recognition of attribute names for fourth grade and sixth grade children, production of attribute names for fourth grade children, and overall concept mastery for fourth grade children. (Author/RS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.