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ERIC Number: ED127543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 39
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Hypothesis Testing and Cognitive Style in Children.
Shapson, Stanley M.
A study was designed to investigate the relationship between cognitive style and hypothesis testing strategies used in solving concept attainment problems. A field-independent (FI) and field-dependent (FD) cognitive style group of third grade students were administered concept attainment problems using a blank-trial methodology. The results demonstrated that while the hypothesis sampling of FI students coincided with a perfect focusing model, FD students did not process information systematically and showed a response bias to an available stimulus dimension. A second experiment was then designed to determine if the information processing of FD students could be enhanced by providing stimulus aids in accordance with their cognitive style characteristics. The results revealed that consistent focusing could be obtained in FD students in a treatment condition in which compound stimuli were disembedded into their component parts. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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