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ERIC Number: ED075182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 109
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A Study of Concept Development and Communication Abilities in Children Aged Five Through Eight Using Leaf Morphology as the Vehicle.
Gillespie, James Pittard
Ninety-six children, divided by age (five, six, seven, and eight years) and sex into equal groups, were administered tests of discrimination between leaves, association of leaves with pictures of leaves, sorting leaves into generic groups, and communication of concepts of leaf structure. No sex differences or interactions were found, but there was a significant age effect on all tests. The five-year-old children had difficulties in leaf discrimination, did not appear to have well-formed concepts of leaf characteristics, and seemed to lack adequate vocabulary for expressing their ideas. Older children showed less difficulties in these areas. It is recommended that children be taught to recognize the more common species of trees through first-hand experience with leaf material, starting from age six. (MM)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, George Peabody College for Teachers