ERIC Number: ED121282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Games on the Development of Cognitive Skills in Young Children.
Kennedy, Beth T.; Newman, Murray A.
The effect of games on the development of analytic thinking and problem-solving skills in young children was studied. Eight tasks were constructed, based on Guilford's Structure of Intellect Model, and a variety of commercial games were evaluated for their ability to promote analytic thinking, problem solving, and affective skills. Using students in first grade classrooms that were already involved in using a Thinking and Reasoning Program developed by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory as subjects, the effect of the games was studied. A method of cognitive measurement was developed based on the Guilford Model and some subtests taken from already existing tests. Using this method in a loosely controlled experiment it was found that on two (object assembly and picture completion) of the eight activities the experimental group outperformed the control group, while on the remaining six tasks there was no significant difference. (JY)
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