ERIC Number: ED030481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Relation of Spatial Egocentrism and Spatial Abilities of the Young Child. Report Number 7.
Shantz, Carolyn A.; Watson, John S.
In order to investigate what concepts young children acquire that break down their inability to view spatial situations objectively, three groups of 16 children each were administered two tasks: (1) a box task, in which the child was asked to predict the location of objects upon a change in his location; and (2) a Piagetian task, in which the child was asked to identify the arrangement of objects from another's position. The children were grouped on the basis of age, 44 to 60 months, 61 to 71 months, and 72 to 78 months. The major hypothesis was that a high positive relationship existed between a young child's accuracy in predicting object locations when (1) the child was moved to various positions and (2) when another (in this case, a doll) was moved to various positions while the child remained in the same position. This hypothesis was not supported, but the box task was much easier than the Piagetian task. The Piagetian finding that children below 7 years of age usually cannot take the viewpoint of another was corroborated in this study. (WD)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Head Start Evaluation and Research Center.; Merrill-Palmer Inst., Detroit, MI.