ERIC Number: ED073847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-15
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Exploration and Learning-to-Learn in Disadvantaged Preschoolers.
Walls, Richard T.; Rude, Stanley H.
The study assessed contributions of different novelty pairings and reward types to exploration behavior across three successive discrimination learning problems in a 3 x 2 x 3 mixed design. After learning a simple two choice discrimination problem, Headstart subjects responded to six double reward trials and six extinction trials. A learning-to-learn effect occurred with regard to both problem solution and decision time. Epistemic curiosity was evident across problems to the extent that children would explore a novel object even after learning that the familiar object was associated with reward. Reward type did not affect response selection but did increase response latency on initial double reward trials. (Author)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Discrimination Learning, Learning Motivation, Preschool Education, Research Methodology, Research Reports, Responses, Transfer of Training
Richard T. Walls, Educational Psychology, 806 F.T., West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Dept. of Educational Psychology.