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ERIC Number: ED086464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 263
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An Investigation of Two Formal Operational Schemata in Adolescents Enrolled in the I.S.C.S. Classrooms of Three Selected Teachers.
Hale, James Patrick
Reported is an investigation of formal operational thinking, measured by using four Piaget-related tasks, in adolescents. One hundred eight randomly selected eighth-grade students, enrolled in three Intermediate Science Curriculum Study (ISCS) test center classrooms, participated. The students were interviewed using the tasks. A description of the background and in-class behavior of the respective teachers was undertaken. The teachers were interviewed and their classes were visited on several occasions during which the Science Curriculum Assessment System Interaction Analysis System was used. Three major conclusions drawn from the analyses were: (1) a great majority of the students were classified as either concrete operational or transitional formal operational on the Piaget-related tasks; (2) students whose I.T.B.S. scores fell in the lower half of the distribution of the Reading Comprehension test and the Composite were not necessarily poor thinkers (defined by a score of four on one-or-more Piaget-related tasks), conversely, higher scores were not necessarily good thinkers; and (3) students performed better on the non course-related neutral Piaget tasks. It was inferred that formal operational thinking as measured in this study did not significantly manifest itself in the population studied. (Author/EB)
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