ERIC Number: ED022174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Dec-21
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A Piagetian Approach to the Learning of Nonsense Material.
The applicability of Piaget's cognitive processes of assimilation and accommodation to the learning of verbal nonsense syllables (ten low association value consonant-vowel-consonant trigrams) was tested experimentally. Twenty-two undergraduates (ten female and 12 male) at the University of Michigan served as subjects. It was hypothesized that learning rate should be a function of the amount of cognitive adjustment the subject had to make to the stimulus material measured by changes in semantic differential ratings of the stimuli before and after they were learned. Results showed two groups of fast learners, one of which made significantly less changes than the slow learners, and one significantly more. Systematic directional shift on the evaluative, potency, and activity dimensions of the semantic differential were also found. The author feels that these findings lend considerable support for the applicability of Piaget's processes of assimilation and accommodation to the learning process and that identification and investigation of internal processes of this type will be necessary before the learning function of the human organism is understood. This paper comprises a report in "Development of Language Functions, A Research Program-Project." (DO)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Human Growth and Development.