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ERIC Number: ED092364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 19
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Formal Operational Thought and the High School Science Curriculum.
Howe, Ann
This review was undertaken to determine whether there is evidence to support the reality of a stage of Formal Operational Thought, whether there is agreement as to the Age of Acquisition of it, and the effect of schooling on the acquisition of the ability to perform formal operational tasks. An extensive review of the literature, including many journals outside the field of education, was carried out. Results of the study include: (1) there is very little evidence for a Unitary Stage of Formal Operational Thought; (2) since this is so, it was considered impossible to define an age of acquisition of Formal Operational Thought; (3) there is evidence to show that schooling has an effect on the age at which subjects become able to perform formal operational tasks; and (4) specific science curricula do not seem to effect change in performance on formal operational tasks. The results of the review of literature suggest that the idea of one stage of Formal Operational Thought may not be useful in the attempt to understand adolescent thought and to design high school science curricula. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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