ERIC Number: ED062137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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An Investigation in the Learning of Relational Properties by Kindergarten Children.
Steffe, Leslie P.; Carey, Russell L.
The goal of this study was to investigate improvement in the usage of equivalence and order relations under specified instructional conditions. Forty-eight upper middle class kindergarten children were given a 14-session pretreatment designed to define two equivalence and four order relations of length and matching, followed by tests of conservation and transitivity. On the basis of the transitivity test scores, the children were then assigned by matched pairs to two treatments: a Classification Treatment in which an object was considered as representing a collection of like objects, and a Standard Treatment in which no such assumption was made. Posttests of conservation, transitivity, and use of the asymmetric property were then given. Analysis by sign test and contingency tables showed that both treatments were effective but not significantly different. No evidence was found that acquisition of matching relations preceded acquisition of length relations. Also, possession of transitivity appeared unstable and unrelated to conservation. (MM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1972