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ERIC Number: ED044715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Pages: 45
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A Study of Intuition as Inference.
Frick, Ralph C.
This study investigated the degree of variation in the willingness to make inferences based on little information, the variation in accuracy of such inferences, and the relationship between willingness and accuracy of inferences and the race and social class of the subjects. The subjects were 140 fifth graders from six public schools in Atlanta, three of which were labeled "disadvantaged." An incomplete pictures test was administered individually to each child. The picture "grew" from a few scattered lines to completion. The task was to identify the picture as early in the sequence as possible. The findings were as follows: (1) subjects demonstrated a marked unwillingness to make inferences from little information; (2) willingness to make inferences was significantly greater among blacks than whites; it was also greater among disadvantaged than advantaged subjects, but the difference was not significant; and (3) the propensity to reach accurate conclusions under conditions of information deprivation was mathematically greater among black subjects than white subjects and among advantaged subjects than disadvantaged subjects, but none of the differences were statistically significant. (RSM/Author)
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Authoring Institution: Atlanta Univ., GA.