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ERIC Number: ED069329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 23
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Paternal Effectiveness in a Selected Cognitive Task.
Acuff, Nancy Hamblen
The immediate effectiveness of paternal instruction in a selected cognitive task was investigated. The sub-problems were (1) to compare paternal and maternal instruction, and (2) to analyze paternal instructional effectiveness with the son or the daughter. The cognitive task selected was the Goodenough-Harris Draw-A-Man Test. Subjects were 42 children, aged 4 through 6, and were randomly assigned to treatment, paternal or maternal instruction. The findings from the analysis of the change factors of the test indicated that the father was an effective agent in affecting pre-posttest increment in contrast to the non-intervention controls. Hypotheses indicating that paternal influence was more effective than maternal influence were only partially supported. Hypotheses concerning cross-sex influence in producing positive and significant change were not found. The final hypothesis, that children instructed by a parent display more positive and significant pre-posttest increment than the control group, was clearly confirmed. A conclusion is that non-verbal learnings appear to be readily amenable to intervention. (LH)
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