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ERIC Number: ED115403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Development of Cognitive Mapping Capacities.
Mohr, Donald; And Others
The development of children's capacity to induce spatial relations between locations in a space was investigated in this study. The sample consisted of 60 children, 20 in each of three age groups: 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 years of age. The children were trained to move one hand from a home base to each of three target positions. The positions were learned solely through motoric experience since the children could not see the targets. Once they had learned to find these three positions, the children were tested on their ability to move one hand directly from one target to another without going back to the home base. Each child's accuracy was recorded on a large sheet of paper ( map ) placed beneath the targets. Measures used in the analyses were the absolute accuracy for each position judgment in training and testing, relative accuracy for each test judgment, and angles formed by lines connecting test judgments. Results indicated a significant improvement in accuracy with age on all four measures, although some 3-year-olds were quite proficient in constructing maps on the experimental space. It is suggested that the induction of spatial relations may be a general characteristic of spatial behavior. (Author/ED)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Pages 7 through 10 (drawings of slides) have been filmed from best available copy; Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 10-13, 1975)