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ERIC Number: ED140985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Field Dependence-Independence and Performance with the Passive Transformation.
Powers, James E.; Lis, Donna J.
The influence of children's levels of field-dependence-independence on their performance with the passive transformation was investigated. Eighty 6th graders, classified as field-dependent or field-independent, were presented with sentence-question combinations, each in either the active or passive voice, and numbers of correct responses were recorded. Results showed that field-independent Ss performed better, overall, than did field-dependent Ss. In addition, the three-way interaction of field-dependence-independence, sentence voice, and question voice was also significant. Field-dependent Ss performed significantly poorer on the active-passive and passive-active combinations than on the active-active and passive-passive combinations. There were no significant differences among the four treatments within the field-independent Ss. Thus, field-dependent Ss had greatest difficulty with combinations requiring them to isolate the essential elements of a sentence and use them in a different form; field-independent Ss did not experience this difficulty. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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