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ERIC Number: ED041614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Nov-14
Pages: 19
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Developing Cognitive Learnings with Young Children.
Haupt, Dorothy
This preliminary study explores (1) the relationship between children's behavioral responses to cognitive tasks in a testing situation and in a nursery school environment, and (2) the relationship of the above responses to sex, race, and class differences. Studies by Sigel investigating the classification behavior of preschool children, and by Hertzig, investigating the responses of middle and lower class children to verbal and performance tests, influenced the focus of the present study. Subjects were 30 4-year-old male and female children of different racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Observations were made of the individual child pre- and posttesting situations, which used the Sigel object and picture categorization tests and a motor encoding task. Teacher reports assessed children's responses in nursery school. A tentative conclusion is that boys attend less to the specifics of a task demand than do girls. Low income black children and low income white males showed a greater number of breakaway and non-work responses during the picture categorization task than did the other children. Low income children changed their responses to task demands during the period from pre- to Posttesting by showing increased attention and verbalization. (NH)
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