ERIC Number: ED024471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Preliminary Search for Formal Operations Structures.
Neimark, Edith D.
In a test the presence or absence of a "structure" in the individual's cognitive processes of formal operations thinking, 61 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students were administered three tasks supposedly requiring such a method of thinking. The three tasks were (1) a problem solving task (PS), (2) a chemistry task requiring a certain combination of substances to obtain a correct answer(CH), and (3) a correlation task requiring the matching of certain elements to obtain the correct answer (CO). Each subject was given all three tasks during two sessions with the experimenter. The higher the correlation between the performances of the students on all three tasks, the greater was the possibility of the existence of a formal operations thinking structure. The results indicated the presence of a low but consistent and significant correlation between tasks PS and task CO. Task CH did not correlate with either PS or CO. It is possible that the CH task contained properties that made it inappropriate for use with this age level of subject. (WD)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Douglass Coll.