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ERIC Number: ED116790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 12
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Decentration Revisited: A Two-Factor Model for Role-Taking Development in Young Children.
O'Connor, Margaret
This study investigates spatial and conceptual role-taking at the preschool level to determine the components of and relationship between these two forms of role-taking. A total of 80 children between 3 and 5 years of age were tested individually on four spatial tasks and five conceptual tasks and rated on the levels of egocentrism employed. Analysis of the data suggests that elementary role-taking problems are most profitably understood in terms of the component skills required to solve them, and that these components have a step-like interlocking nature which suggests a stable path for advancement in the acquisition of role-taking. The decline of egocentrism appears to depend on the presence of functional relationships in the task which do not exceed the capacities of the child. It is suggested that role-taking episodes do not demand overall decentration but that various types of skills are tapped by various role-taking tasks. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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