ERIC Number: ED151089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Test of the Distinctive Features and Schemata Hypothesis: Implications to the Teaching of Concepts to Young Children.
Tyler, Joanna; Hardy, Robert C.
This study of the effects of practice on children's perceptual judgments investigates the validity of the distinctive features hypothesis and the schemata hypothesis by comparing performance on discrimination tasks using familiar stimuli (letters of the alphabet) with a variety of transformations held constant over four massed practice conditions. Subjects (15 males and 15 females 3.10 to 4.11 years old) were presented with a visual form discrimination task which required them to match Roman letters when a variety of transformations were held constant. Subjects were given massed practice across four blocks of eight stimuli each. Results of a repeated measures analysis of variance showed support for the distinctive features hypothesis. This result was expected, since familiar stimuli used with transformations which are held constant tend to produce no improvement along a practice dimension. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)