ERIC Number: ED069763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
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Analysis of Dimensions of a Battery of Reference Tests for Cognitive Abilities: Fifth Grade Boys and Girls.
Harris, Margaret L.; Harris, Chester W.
Three systems for defining general cognitive abilities were analyzed to determine the nature of possible reference tests for cognitive abilities. They are the Guilford analysis of cognition, Guttman's facet design, and the Primary Mental Abilities of the Thurstones. This analysis led to a fourth schema for classifying abilities that deal with cognizing concepts. A battery of 56 tests was developed to study the relationships among the four schemata. Data for the 56 tests were collected on 172 boys and 210 girls who had just completed the fifth grade. Six sets of derived factors, three orthogonal and three oblique, were interpreted. Six clear comparable common factors and one that is fairly clear were obtained for the boys. The six clear comparable common factors appear to represent most closely six of the seven Primary Mental Abilities. The comparable common factor that is fairly clear may be a missing Primary Mental Ability--Spatial Ability. Five clear comparable common factors obtained for girls appear to be five of the seven Primary Mental Abilities. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.