ERIC Number: ED082860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
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Attentional Processes in Children's Learning. Final Report.
White, Sheldon H.
This final report discusses research and literature analyses concerned with the attentional mechanisms in children's learning and analysis of cognitive changes from ages 5 to 7. The long-term objective of the project was to relate knowledge about children's attention and learning to issues of educational practice. The project focused its efforts on conceptual problems involved in formulating the interrelationships among performance, competence, and developmental factors. Major conclusions were (1) There is empirical support for the common emphasis on maturational factors or readiness, (2) Readiness involves performance as well as perceptual and cognitive factors, as in the traditional conception of the importance of attention span, (3) A relationship exists between children's age and ability to solve problems despite noise in the problem field, (4) The complexity of the problem is another important variable on the effects of noise in the problem field, and (5) The interrelationships among attention, cognition, and age can probably be subsumed in Pascual-Leone's mathematical formalizations of Piaget's theory if several modifications are made. (DP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Center for Research and Development in Educational Differences.