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ERIC Number: ED086454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 336
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Utilization of Computer Simulated Experiments (CSE) for Diagnostic Purposes.
Thomson, Barbara Swanson
Reported is a study related to diagnosing elements of propositional thinking in the cognitive functioning of 62 sixth- and seventh-grade students. The rationale is based on the work of Piaget and others. Instruments used to diagnose levels of abstract thinking involved using computer simulated experiments (CSE). The direct and indirect effects of academic achievement, IQ, sex, age, reading, grade level, and Piagetian tasks to propositional thinking were determined through utilization of path analysis. Data were analyzed to identify direct and indirect relationships. A theoretical time-ordered model was identified and tested, leading to the development of a second model using modification information from the first model. Highly significant paths were identified among the tested variables: (1) paths from sex to IQ, the PAL Scale, and Piagetian tasks; (2) paths from age to IQ, grade, reading, academic achievement, and Piagetian tasks; (3) paths from IQ to grade, academic achievement, reading, and Piagetian tasks; (4) paths from grade level to reading and Piagetian tasks; (5) paths from academic achievement to the PAL Scale and reading; and (6) paths from reading to the Piagetian tasks. In Model II the following percentages of variance were explained: 10 percent for IQ; 59 percent for academic achievement; 63 percent for grade level; 61 percent for reading; 59 percent for PAL Scale; and 27 percent for Piagetian tasks. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University