ERIC Number: ED066376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Development and Analysis of a Cognitive Preference Test in the Social Sciences. Final Report.
Payette, Roland Francis
In order to allow for formulating affective objectives in communicable terms, the Cognitive Preference Test in the Social Sciences was developed. This exploratory device, which reflects cognitive preferences in terms of students' dispositions to respond consistently to either particular or general features of data, uses multiple choice wherein 4 options (each representing a different form of cognitive preference) are provided for each of 40 social science principles. To test the 4 study hypotheses, 2 student groups were used: 1) 8th graders (some 7th graders) from the University of Illinois Social Science Curriculum Study Center (SSCSC) Project who had been taught with project-developed materials requiring inductive strategy; and, 2) master's and doctoral candidates in education who were enrolled in a course on social studies curriculum and methods. Results suggested that the test can identify student differences in cognitive preferences within a particular curriculum context. The report of the study provides a conception of cognitive preferences, a step-by-step account of test construction, empirical analyses of the test in terms of such factors as reliability and validity, recommendations for research, a bibliography, a copy of the test, and a description of the SSCSC Project. (GC)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Social Science Curriculum Study Center.