ERIC Number: ED201487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Reasoning: Correlational Thinking.
McKenzie, Danny L.; Padilla, Michael J.
Reported are results of a study proposing to determine whether developmental patterns in correlational reasoning could be identified among a large and diverse sample; whether developmental patterns in correlational reasoning were similar regardless of problem context; and whether developmental patterns in correlational reasoning were similar for subjects of similar developmental levels regardless of educational level. Data from students in grades 6-13 (N=2282) were collected using two parallel forms of Tobin and Capie's Test of Logical Thinking (TOLT). Two of the ten items which measured correlational reasoning abilities were analyzed for the study, and common response patterns were identified among the respondents. Included among the results was the finding that response patterns were more predictable and stable across developmental level than educational level. Error patterns are also discussed. (CS)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Chronological Age, Cognitive Development, College Science, College Students, Correlation, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Logical Thinking, Science Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Piagetian Stages; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (54th, Grossinger's in the Catskills, Ellenville, NY, April 5-8, 1981). Contains occasional marginal legibility.