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ERIC Number: ED075198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 35
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An Investigation of the Development of Selected Topological Properties in the Representational Space of Young Children.
Martin, J. Larry
A test was designed to measure whether or not the child's conceptualization of space would demand that two topological properties of figures (connectedness, and openness and closedness) remain invariant when the figures were subjected to transformations. Ninety children, 30 from each of ages four, six, and eight, were tested. Six items were given to each child in four modes; for each item the child indicated a "most like" and a "worst" preference. Results showed there was no significant interaction between age and mode, that age had a significant effect on the "worst" preference scores but not on "most like" scores, that test mode affected both preference scores, and that for two of the test modes the mean scores based on number of times copies not topologically equivalent to the model were selected as being "most like" the model were significantly above chance means of all age levels. The conclusion saw that the results do not support the theory that topological concepts develop prior to Euclidean and projective concepts in the child's representational space. (DT)
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)