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ERIC Number: ED055784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 175
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Science Classificatory Dimensions and Rules Used by Children.
Weinbrenner, LeRoy Bernhard
This study was designed to identify the rules used by children when grouping science-related objects into subsets and to compare these rules among children of different ages, sex, ability level, and neighborhood type. The rules used by children were also compared to those conventionally used in science. One rural school, one suburban school, and one inner core urban school were selected for this study. Within each school two boys, one each of high ability and low ability, and two girls, one each of high ability and low ability, were selected at each grade level, one to eight. The results indicated that half of the subsets formed were based on a gross dimension such as color, shape, size, or texture; the other half were based on a more refined rule. The children used one attribute to form 95 per cent of their subsets. Children of different sex, ability level, and neighborhood type exhibited similar grouping behaviors. There were irregular increases with age in the number of subsets formed and in the use of more refined grouping rules. About three-fourths of the subsets formed by the children were based on rules conventionally used in science classification. (Author/CT)
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Note: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin