ERIC Number: ED075076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-2
The Effect of Instructions, Discrimination Difficulty, and Methods of Assessment on Generalized Imitation.
Steinman, Warren M.
Research was conducted relevant to two questions: First, does generalized imitation reflect the child's failure to discriminate reinforced from non-reinforced occasions? Second, are the results which characterize generalized imitation a function of confounded social and instructional influences that operate within the procedures used in generalized imitation research? A generalized imitation experiment was conducted utilizing seven 9-year-old girls as Ss and two female graduate students as experimenter-models. Two kinds of trials were presented in each session. For the first four or five sessions, only successive-discrimination trials were presented. Following these sessions, each session contained blocks of successive-discrimination trials and blocks of choice trials. It is concluded that the generalized imitation may be the result of strong social and instructional variables. (CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Children's Research Center.
Note: Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2, 1971)