ERIC Number: ED242745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Partial Acquisition of the Formal Operations.
Sixty adolescents, stratified by sex and grade level (i.e., 9th, 12th, and college sophomore) participated in an examination of Piaget's suggestion that the formal operations are prerequisite to the development of political idealism, abstract thought and future time perspective in adolescence. Analysis of the cognition data revealed that the frequency of adolescents demonstrating propositional reasoning was significantly higher than that obtained for any of the complementary substages. Subsequent correlation analyses revealed a highly significant, positive association between formal operations reasoning and political idealism, abstract thought, and one of the measures of future time perspective. Finally, no significant differences were obtained between adolescents demonstrating partial vs. complete acquisition of the formal operations, and criterion performance on the measures of political idealism and abstract thought. Contrary to Piaget's suggestion, the findings of this study would indicate that partial acquisition of the formal operations (i.e., propositional reasoning) may be the more characteristic achievement of adolescence. These findings also would indicate that such partial acquisitions may serve as a sufficient cognitive foundation for the development of political idealism and abstract thought to occur. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Formal Operations; Idealism; Piagetian Tasks; Propositional Abilities
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).