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ERIC Number: ED111601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 83
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A Study of the Development in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade Children of an Understanding of a Particulate Model of Matter.
Ward, Roger Woodmansee
The study was designed to determine if chronological age is the main factor in a child's ability to develop a particulate concept of matter. Four demonstrations were organized which consisted of a graded series of particle mixing, gas diffusion, dissolving and smoke investigations. The individualized interviews with children were tape recorded. On the basis of interpretation of the children's responses, it was discovered that children under ten years seemed unable to develop such an abstract conceptualization. An interstage transitional "readiness" was found in ten-, eleven-, and some twelve-year-olds indicating that the full concept requires the Piagetian formal operational stage before behavioral recognition can be made. Factors such as ethnic background, type of school community, sex or basic interest seem not to be significant in the concept development. (Author/PS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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