ERIC Number: ED189162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Re-Structuring as a Cognitive Task.
Witkin's concepts of field dependence-independence and restructing are discussed with reference to studies in Russia and in the Netherlands. These concepts are related to differences in style of perception and to success on both cognitive tasks and social tasks. It is suggested that restructing abilities may be trained and restructing ability may influence different aspects of learning. An experiment is summarized in which subjects reported their introspections while working on embedded figures tasks. Russian studies of perception are discussed and it is suggested that perception develops through several stages or levels. A pilot study with 30 children is described, but it was concluded that the tasks that were set did not accurately represent the actual order of perceptual development in the children. A question is raised as to whether perceptual development as indicated by embedded figures tasks was really a single dimension of ability. The concept of individual differences and the concept of individuality are compared. (CTM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Field Dependence Independence; Netherlands; Soviet Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).