ERIC Number: ED063018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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Children's Inductive Reasoning Performance on Picture Stimuli.
Cox, William F., Jr.; Fletcher, Harold J.
Eighty subjects 4, 6, 8, and 10 years of age inductively identified partially uncovered silhouettes of three simple pictures. Subjects removed as few as possible covering pieces, according to their own strategies, to correctly name the pictures. Performance generally improved with increased age on the two dependent measures, inductively inferring the identity of incomplete pictures and efficiently removing pieces on the silhouettes. A plateau in performance existed on the inductive inference measure between ages 6 and 8. Results indicate that young children reason inductively on nonwritten tasks judged appropriate for studying more complex forms of induction. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 1972)