ERIC Number: ED065855
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Publication Date: 1972
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Attainment of Piagetian Conservation Tasks in Relation to the Ability to Form Hypotheses as to the Probable Content of Story Material Among First and Second Grade Children.
Heatherly, Anna L.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between performance on Piagetian conservation tasks and the ability to form hypotheses as to the probable content of story material among first and second grade children. Cognitive operations selected for comparison were operations concerning conservation of mass, conservation of quantity of liquid, conservation of number, and a class inclusion task. The findings indicated that conservation attainment is related to chronological age, mental age, hypotheses testing rating score and Gates MacGinitie vocabulary and comprehension scores, and socioeconomic status. Partial correlations indicated that conservation attainment is a function of mental age. The findings also indicated that hypotheses testing status and conservation attainment are related to scores on a standardized reading test and that this relationship holds even when the effects of chronological age, mental age, and socioeconomic status are partialed out. (Author/WR)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Hypothesis Testing, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Materials, Reading Readiness, Reading Research, Vocabulary
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