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ERIC Number: ED079886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 9
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Task Sequence in Visual Perception: Validation of Abstract Level.
Langstaff, Anne L.; Higgins, Marilyn
Compared was the performance of nine educable mentally retarded (EMR) children (mean age 9 years) with the performance of 50 normal kindergarten children on a test of visual perception at the abstract level. The test of 17 items involved the dimensions of size, shape, and color at four steps of skill attainment (recognition, discrimination, recall, reconstruction). Performance patterns of EMR Ss and normal kindergarten Ss were similar, thought EMR Ss performed at a lower level on all tasks other than recall and discrimination of printed words. Structured tasks appeared to be easier for the retarded learner than nonstructured tasks. Implications for the training of EMR children were that the issue of concrete versus pictorial materials may be less critical than the degree of structure inherent in the task, that the difficulty of discrimination and reconstruction tasks is increased when similar letters are presented together, and that the sequential progression from recognition through reconstruction does not hold consistently for abstract level tasks. (See 052 239 for a related document). (DB)
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