ERIC Number: ED174358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Passing the Individual Differences Test: A Cram Course for Developmental Psychologists.
Jackson, Nancy Ewald
The primary goal of this review is to acquaint developmental psychologists who have had little experience in the study of individual differences in cognition with some of the basic rules that govern this type of research. A second goal is to stimulate researchers to consider the potential benefits of studying differences among individuals whose cognitive abilities range from average to superior rather than to limit their research to studies of contrasts between functional and dysfunctional groups. Programs of research which combine the correlational-psychometric and the normative-theoretical approaches to the study of cognitive development can contribute both to better understanding of general principles of development and to the description and ultimate explanation of individual differences. A review of the literature indicates that such research is most likely to succeed when techniques that have been developed in differential, educational, and cognitive psychology, and in comparative developmental research are apPlied to the study of individual differences in cognitive development. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Expanded version of paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979)