ERIC Number: ED215428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Student Responses to a Language Arts Test of Cognitive Functioning.
Brazee, Edward N.
The Language Arts Test of Cognitive Functioning (LATCF) was investigated to determine if the measure could give specific information about the thinking required for language arts tasks. The LATCF was developed by the author and consists of six anecdotes or tasks that the student must solve or complete. The anecdotes are built on six functions that describe major categories of thinking used in language arts: interest and investigation style, reasons for events, relationships, use of a model as a theory, type of categorization, and depth of interpretation. The population for this study consisted of all 48 seventh graders at the University of Northern Colorado Laboratory School in Greeley (Colorado). According to their cognitive level ratings from the Burney Logical Reasoning Test, the students were classified as concrete, transitional, or formal thinkers. Four students were randomly chosen from each cognitive level category to take the LATCF. Eight of the twelve students tested using the LATCF received a rating identical with their rating on the Burney test. Of more importance was the ability to determine the nature of cognitive functioning through the anecdotes on the LATCF. The applicability of the findings to classroom teachers is discussed. The LATCF is contained in the appendix. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Cognitive Tests, Grade 7, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Language Arts, Language Processing, Middle Schools, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Testing
Not available separately; see EA 014 544.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.
Identifiers: Language Arts Test of Cognitive Functioning
Note: Paper included in "Middle School Research. Selected Studies 1981" (EA 014 544). For related documents, see EA 014 544-554.