ERIC Number: ED105975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Peers, Persuasion, and Piaget: Dyadic Interaction Between Conservers and Nonconservers. Developmental Program Report No. 44.
Miller, Scott A.; Brownell, Celia A.
A total of 100 second graders were pretested for conservation of length and weight. Fifty pairs were then formed, each pair consisting of one conserver and one nonconserver. During the second session, the children attempted to resolve their opposed answers on the conservation tasks and on two control questions as well. On both length and weight, the conserver's answer prevailed significantly more often than the nonconserver's; there were no differences on the control tasks. Analysis of the interaction revealed several measures on which conservers differed from nonconservers, and winners of the argument from losers. The results are discussed in terms of two issues: the certainty with which operational concepts are held, and the role of peer interaction in cognitive change. (Author/CS)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Concept Formation, Conservation (Concept), Developmental Psychology, Elementary Education, Grade 2, Interaction Process Analysis, Peer Relationship
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 (Report No. 44, $0.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Dept. of Psychology.