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ERIC Number: ED152421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 89
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Development of Pattern Recognition in Young Children.
Ridge, Laurence
This study examined the development of young children's ability to solve linear patterning problems and investigated constructs of logical thinking which underlie the hierarachical order of the cognitive processes involved. A total of 252 children ranging in age from 4 through 7 years participated in the study. A range of ability and socioeconomic status levels were represented in this sample drawn from a suburban borough of a major Canadian metropolitan area. The instrument used consisted of 24 linear patterning tasks involving six cognitive processes and four pattern forms. Each subject was asked to use colored blocks to respond to six types of pattern recognition tasks: (1) exact reproduction of a pattern, (2) reproduction of a pattern with different stimuli of the same colors, (3) identification of a pattern from among three options, (4) extension of a pattern, (5) filling in missing portions of a pattern, and (6) reproduction of a pattern with the same stimuli of different colors. Results of a factor analysis indicated the existence of three strategy-oriented constructs underlying pattern task performance. (JMB)
Dr. H. Laurence Ridge, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, 371 Bloor Street, W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R7 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper based on V. J. Glennon's doctoral studies (University of Connecticut, 1976); Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)