ERIC Number: ED068167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
General Learning Abilities: A Survey of the State of the Art and a Proposed Organization of Human Learning Abilities. Final Report.
Ware, William B.; Garber, Malcolm
The primary object of this research proposal is to delineate the area of general learning abilities. It differentiates between abilities and skills by defining ability as a general trait which can be inferred from observation of responses consistent across tasks and skill as a proficiency on a specific task or on a limited group of tasks. A review of the literature revealed the following general types of references related to general learning abilities: general references, theories of human abilities, organization of human abilities, and relation of abilities to performance. The study proposes three classes for the organization of human abilities -- cognitive, perceptual-motor, and physical. It also identifies, defines and illustrates broad categories within each class. Cognitive processes include cognition, memory, convergent production, divergent production, and evaluation. Perceptual motor responses include sensory, spatial relationships, speed of movement, coordination, dexterity, and movement discrimination. Physical processes include strength and flexing. An appendix diagrams this organization. (DJ)
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee Dept. of English.; Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.