ERIC Number: ED222286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Representational Competence and the Ability to Succeed with First Grade Learning Activities.
Duckett, Jean Constance
Sixty beginning first-grade students in an urban school district in South Carolina participated in a study investigating the relationship between representational competence and the ability to perform first-grade learning tasks. Representational competence may be defined as the ability to use representations of reality (such as pictures, symbols, or images) to perform logical operations. The present study focused on the pictorial level of representation and attempted to determine whether typical curriculum activities used in the district's first-grade classrooms demanded a higher level of representational competence than that attained by first graders in the district. Nine learning tasks requiring pictorial comprehension were selected from readiness materials. The tasks dealt with interpreting a picture, classifying objects into categories, sequencing and predicting events, relating pictures and sentences, determining cause and effect, and identifying items belonging or not belonging to a given category. In two individual testing situations, each child was asked to perform the randomly ordered learning tasks. Sigel's Object and Picture Categorization Test was administered to determine subjects' levels of representational competence, and each child's test responses were examined to determine his or her preferred style of grouping. Results are discussed. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Distancing Model (Sigel); Object Categorization Test; Picture Categorization Test; Representational Competence; South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual University of South Carolina Conference on Educational Issues and Research (3rd, Columbia, SC, November 6-7, 1981).