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ERIC Number: ED173360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
Pages: 11
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Stages of Piagetian Tasks and Spatial Relations in University Students.
Williams, John D.; And Others
University students were administered three Piagetian tasks and a spatial relations test, the Revised Minnesota Paper Form Board. Students' American College Test (ACT) mathematics scores were also recorded. A measure of conservation of weight, administered individually, was the first Piagetian task. Two paper and pencil tests of progressively higher Piagetian functioning, the Concrete-Operational Reasoning Test and the Logical Reasoning Test were also administered. A path analysis was performed on the five measured variables, using a set of recursive models and with the following ordering: (1) Conservation of weight; (2) Concrete- Operational Reasoning Test; (3) Logical Reasoning Test; (4) Spatial relations; and (5) ACT mathematics. Two paths were dropped as being too small to be of explanatory value: the path from conservation of weight to ACT mathematics, and the path from conservation of weight to Concrete - Operational Reasoning Test. The data was also analyzed in a two way analysis of variance by age and sex on all variables but the ACT mathematics. Males scored significantly higher on the Logical Reasoning Test. Although non-significant, the females scored somewhat higher on spatial relations than did the males; this outcome is in direct opposition to most published findings. (Author/RD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Piagetian Tests
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Piagetian Theory and its Implications for the Helping Professions (9th, Los Angeles, California, February 2-3, 1979)