ERIC Number: ED106122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-14
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Piagetian Cognitive Development Among Prospective Teachers. Technical Report No. 4.
Juraschek, William A.
A Piagetian Task Instrument (PTI) consisting of three tasks developed by Piaget was administered to 141 preservice elementary teachers enrolled in a mathematical class, 19 preservice secondary mathematics teachers, and 11 calculus honors students. This instrument was scored by methods similar to those of Schwebel (ED 063 896) and McKinnon and Renner, and was used to classify subjects as belonging to one of four stages (Concrete Substage II-A, Concrete Substage II-B, Formal Substage III-A, Formal Substage III-B). Frequency distributions of scores for the three groups were submitted to a chi-square analysis which confirmed (p less than .001) that the distribution of subjects among the stages varied with the group. Fifty-two percent of preservice elementary teachers were in concrete operational substages, while less than 5 percent of the preservice secondary mathematics teachers and none of the calculus students were in this stage. When SAT scores, available for 80 of the preservice elementary teachers, were correlated with PTI scores a significant coefficient (r = .68, p less than .01) was found. The author discusses related studies and implications for instruction. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Mathematics Education Center.