ERIC Number: ED078922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Analysis of Cognitive Abilities in the Preschool Age.
In order to gain a greater understanding of the intellectual strengths and weaknesses of the young child, a test was developed (for which data collection is ongoing) to investigate a broad range of cognitive skills in the three- to five-year age range. The test covers skills within four main spheres--cognitively Directed Perception, Concepts and the Process of Verbal Coding, Problem-Solving Skills, and Spatial Representation. Each skill area is assessed by approximately 8 to 10 questions. A basic assumption of the test is that when a child passes or fails a particular question, he does so not because of the specific information involved, but because he has mastered, or failed to master, the skills or ability underlying that question. The test contains 240 items and is given in four half-hour testing sessions. The items designed to test any one skill are not administered together. The test is given in two forms, identical except for the order of the items. In Cogntiviely Directed Perception, one of the abilities sampled is Visual Search, the ability to scan a complex visual array to locate a particular object. In Concepts and Coding, concepts such as "not", "same", and "different" are tested. The range of skills in Problem Solving focus on why, how, anf if. For Spatial Representation, spatial patterns must be reproduced. For scoring and interpretation, correctness of the response, form of the incorrect response, and reaction time will be considered. [Filmed from best available copy.] (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., Bronx, NY. Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (80th, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 2-8, 1972)