ERIC Number: ED031303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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A Study of the Interrelationships of Conservation of Length Relations, Conservations of Length, and Transitivity of Length Relations of the Age of Four and Five Years.
Carey, Russel L.; Steffe, Leslie P.
Three units of instruction were given to 20 four-year-old children and 34 five-year-old children. Unit I was designed to develop the children's ability to establish a length relation between curved lines; Unit II, to develop ability to conserve length; and Unit III, to develop ability to conserve length relations. Testing of the children occurred between Units I and II, and after Unit III. Three tests were administered during the testing session: (1) a six-item test designed to measure the children's ability to conserve length; (2) an 18-item test to measure the children's ability to conserve length relations; and (3) a six-item test to measure the children's ability to deal with transitivity of length. The test results indicated that (1) the ability to conserve length as measured in this study is not a necessary or sufficient condition for the ability to use transitivity of length; (2) ability to conserve length relations may be necessary for transitivity; and (3) ability to conserve length is not a necessary or sufficient condition for conservation of length relations. (WD)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.