ERIC Number: ED113020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Utility of Interactional Strategies in the Study of Formal Operations Reasoning.
Siegler, Robert S.
This paper argues in favor of using interactional strategies in the study of formal operations reasoning. Interactional designs allow a convergent approach to specifying processes underlying the interaction of variables. In contrast, current methodologies contain two inherent disadvantages: they have limited utility in specifying the processes underlying development, and their results are difficult to interpret. Interactional strategies were used in the design of two experiments on the development of formal operations competencies. The results of these experiments suggest that applying interactional strategies to the study of formal operations growth allows direct comparison between the strengths of existing age-related performance differences and the strengths of the experimentally manipulated treatments. This research design may also reveal catching up and readiness interactions that could result in new interpretations for developmental differences, allowing precise statements as to the nature of the interaction of maturational and experiential factors which determine formal operations development. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 10-13, 1975)