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ERIC Number: ED141087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 27
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Reference Count: 0
Chaining in Problem Solving: A Critique and Reinvestigation.
Blumberg, Phyllis
This study investigated the question of whether young children can form response chains in problem solving. After reviewing the literature relating to chaining as a component of problem solving, the author argues that a test of chaining should be free of requirements to recall previously learned material, remember general information, or apply abstract principles. The current study used a task in which subjects were required to execute a sequence of trades. Subjects were drawn from kindergarten, third grade, sixth grade, and college populations, and were individually tested. Results indicated that college and sixth-grade students were able to solve all problems without hints. Younger students were able to solve the problems after a few trials. The author concluded that children were capable of forming chains at young ages. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977); Contains occasional light type