ERIC Number: ED229269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Intra-Cultural Variation in Cognitive Development - Conservation of Length Among the Imbonggu. Indigenous Mathematics Project. Working Paper 15.
Lancy, David; And Others
Reported are the results of an experiment in which twelve different conservation of length tasks, indicative of passage from Piaget's pre-operational to concrete operations stages of cognitive development, were administered to a sample of individuals from Imbonggu-speaking people, a remote and traditional society in Papua New Guinea. Individuals were systematically selected to represent four varying age levels from 7 to 20 years and four education levels from 0 to 10 years. Results are consistent with neo-Piagetian interpretations of cognitive development which see development proceeding gradually in a continuous rather than stage-like fashion, and as heavily dependent on environmental influences--in this case, English language usage associated with seven or more years of formal schooling. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Papua New Guinea, Dept. of Education, Port Moresby.; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Indigenous Mathematics Project, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).
Identifiers: Indigenous Mathematics Project; Mathematics Education Research; Papua New Guinea; Piagetian Theory
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