ERIC Number: ED249411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Present of Things Future, Revisited...Again.
Greene, A. L.
Several writers have suggested that changes in temporal perspective during adolescence are largely a consequence of the cognitive acquisitions held to characterize the period (i.e., emergence of formal operations reasoning). To replicate earlier research, which found little association between adolescents' formal operations reasoning and future time perspective, 60 white adolescents (20 ninth graders, 20 twelfth graders, and 20 college sophomores) were interviewed. Each interview consisted of the randomized presentation of one formal operations reasoning task (the Balance Puzzle), and two future time perspective tasks (the Density of Future Events and the Future Sequence Arrangement tasks). While analysis of the relationship between grade level and future time perspective failed to obtain significance, grade level, interpreted to represent an index of socioeducational experience and context, significantly differentiated the futures envisioned by adolescents. The findings suggest that contrary to popular opinion, such factors as life span status, socioeducational experience, and context may make greater contributions to the composition of and changes in future time perspective during adolescence. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984). Best copy available.