ERIC Number: ED223970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Relationships between Kindergarten Children's Performance on Selected Piagetian Tasks, Berko's Test of Morphology, and Free Word Associations.
Marsicano, Hazel E.
The research literature suggests that the processes involved in language and cognitive development are similar in nature, especially during the early years. Both require some method for assimilation and accommodation of incoming stimuli, both appear to be continuous and hierarchical in nature, and both require the development and refinement of a rather complex system for storage, retrieval, and future usage. Therefore, a study was conducted to examine the relationships found among kindergarten children's performance on selected Piagetian tasks of seriation, classification, and conservation; application of rules of grammar as measured by "Berko's Test of Morphology"; and types of responses to a free word association task. Subjects included 15 kindergarten boys and 15 kindergarten girls. Each subject was administered all of the tasks over a 2-week period. Since memory was not being tested, questions and words were repeated as the child required. Results of the morphology test were assigned scores according to percentages of correct responses. Responses to the selected Piagetian tasks were scored categorically as correct or not. The free word association tasks were scored categorically according to the number of paradigmatic responses above or below the median. Results indicate a significant positive relationship between the subjects' performance on the Piagetian tasks and the test of morphology. A significant positive relationship was also found between subjects' performance on the Piagetian tasks and their paradigmatic or higher order responses on the free word association tasks. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Berko Test of Morphology; Piagetian Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (West Palm Beach, FL, February 10-13, 1982).