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ERIC Number: ED086616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 33
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Piaget's Geographical Spatial Stages: An Examination of Their Relationship to Elementary Children's Classification-Class Inclusion Abilities.
Rand, David C.; Towler, John O.
This study examines the relationship between a child's concept of geographic and territorial relationships and his competence on classification and class inclusion measures. Jean Piaget's stages of development and studies conducted by other investigators (Jahoda, 1964; Stoltman, 1971; Rand and Towler, 1973; Flavell, 1963; Asher, et al, 1971; Kofsky, 1966) on geographic relationships and classification provide a comparative framework. One hundred and twenty students from two Indiana schools were administered a Geographical Stages Test and a Logical Thinking Test. Analysis of the test results indicate that Piaget's spatial stages do not adequately describe the sample of children, although the correlation between the tests is significant, as Piaget postulates, and that age is the only significant variable among the possibilities of age, sex, socioeconomic status and residence. By implication teachers should make allowances for the varying competence of students, provide practice in classification and inclusion, and provide verbal and spatial experiences in the classroom to reinforce understanding. (Although tables are provided their reproducibility is doubtful). (JH)
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