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ERIC Number: ED111499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 18
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Young Children's Performance on Traditional and Modified Perspective-Taking Tasks.
Liben, Lynn S.
This paper reports two related experiments, the first investigating whether children 3-7 years old demonstrate Flavell's Level-2 perspective-taking in a cognitively simple task, and the second re-examining children's performance on a task comparable to the Piagetian 3-mountain perspective-taking task. The first experiment involved a task which eliminated the usual spatial and representational components of the classic 3-mountain task, but provided conflicting visual experiences for subject and experimenter. The second experiment was designed to examine the child's ability to choose a representation of his own view and views of the experimenter when the experimenter was seated opposite and to the side of the child. Task variables and types of errors were investigated. Also, response latencies were measured to check whether responses on task were meaningful or indiscriminate. Results indicate that the young child's difficulty on traditional perspective-taking tasks is related to his lack of an integrated Euclidean spatial system and not to a lack of awareness that others have different visual perspectives. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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