ERIC Number: ED145934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul-15
Reference Count: 0
Children's Reproduction of Modeled Sequential Actions. Final Report.
Uzgiris, Ina C.
This paper describes seven interrelated studies concerned with children's understanding of sequential actions and with the effects of observing a model on this understanding. A total of 546 elementary and secondary school students served as subjects for the studies. The tasks for all of the studies involved deriving the pattern for a sequence from a given sample so as to be able to generate a continuation of that sequence. Materials for the sequences consisted of geometric shapes and colors arranged according to rules for patterns of varying complexity. Performance was scored on the basis of the product completed and the strategy used to go about the task. Results indicated that observation of a model had the greatest impact on children who had a beginning understanding of the sequential patterns but who were not yet able to handle them competently on their own. Results are discussed in relation to the role of imitation and in relation to the role which specific contextual variables such as task design and mode of testing play in cognitive functioning. (Author/BD)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Imitation, Modeling (Psychology), Observational Learning, Pattern Recognition, Problem Solving, Research, Secondary School Students, Structural Analysis, Visual Stimuli
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Research Grants.
Authoring Institution: N/A