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ERIC Number: ED136915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 10
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The Development of the Concept of Time.
Kayra-Stuart, Fortunee
This study investigates the cognitive and linguistic aspects of the concept of time which is assumed to consist of the components of order (0), simultaneity (S), and duration (D) as well as their coordination, i.e., coordination of order and duration (OD), and coordination of simultaneity and duration (SD). It was hypothesized that each component (O,S,D) is acquired separately before it is combined with any other component (OD,SD). An acquisition sequence of the three components (O,S,D) was also sought. Forty-five 4-, 5- and 6-year-old children were tested individually. Three behavioral outputs (body movements, manipulation of lights and language) were included. Each child was given four tasks: nonverbal imitation, production, comprehension, and verbal imitation. The indicators used for order were before/after, first/last; for simultaneity, when, at the same time; for duration, a long time/a short time; for coordination of order and duration, until; coordination of simultaneity and duration, while, during. The results support the following developmental sequence for the concept of time. First, the main components (O,S,D) are understood separately (possibly in that order), then they are integrated (OD,SD). Moreover, temporal relations are grasped first on a nonverbal level and later on a linguistic level. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)