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ERIC Number: ED056762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Pages: 25
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The Role of Front-Back Features in Children's 'Front', 'Back', and 'Beside' Placements of Objects.
Harris, Lauren; Strommen, Ellen
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, (in press)
In a study of spatial orientation, 40 boys and 40 girls from kindergarten and first grade placed a series of objects in front, behind, and beside themselves, and in front, behind, and beside other objects. Some objects had distinguishable front and back sides; others lacked such features. Placements were highly consistent within and across children in respect to location of object vis-a-vis the child's own body or the other object. Systematic variations occurred in children's placement of the face of featured objects in reference to self. These variations appeared related to testing order and type of object placed. Results showed that the children agreed as to what defined fronts and backs of objects. In general, results suggest that the concept of front-back is more complex and subtle than previously believed. (Author)
Lauren Harris, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48823
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 30, 1970