ERIC Number: ED099265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Influence of Educational Experience on the Development of Cognitive Skills as Measured in Formal Tests and Experiments: A Case Study from the Mexican States of Yucatan and Quintana Roo. Final Report.
Sharp, Donald W.; Cole, Michael
The major purpose of the research reported was to assess whether developmental changes in performance on standard psychological tests may be more a reflection of educational experience than maturation or traditional socialization practices. The investigation was reported in three phases: 1) description of the general and specific experimental environments in which the experimental studies were conducted; 2) presentation of the results of an education-demographic survey conducted in 17 towns on the Yucatan peninsula; and 3) an account of a series of experimental studies designed to represent a variety of cognitive skills. The basic scheme of these studies was to work with children of varying ages and educational experiences, plus one or more groups of adults whose educational experience matched that of one of the groups of children. It was concluded that educational experience has a profound effect on cognitive development as displayed in the formal test situations currently in use in all industralized countries to measure such development. Appended are the results of a demographic survey, modernity prediction scale, scoring for the scale and survey, and results of a pilot study of instructional variation. (Author/KSM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico