ERIC Number: ED178361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
The Effect of Cognitive Development on First Grade Children's Ability to Learn Linear Measurement Concepts. Technical Report No. 506. Studies in Mathematics Technical Report Series.
The purpose of this study was to test the effect of several cognitive development capacities on first-grade children's ability to learn basic concepts and skills of linear measurement. The cognitive capacities of interest were logical reasoning ability and information processing capacity. The hypotheses predicted that children who had not yet developed the capacities would experience difficulty learning certain measurement concepts or skills. The results confirmed the predictions with respect to logical reasoning ability. Subjects who conserved length and reasoned transitively, performed significantly better than those who did not on the set of assessment tasks which made direct demands on logical reasoning abilities. No significant differences were found between the high and low information processing capacity groups. The results of this study indicate that some cognitive developmental abilities do affect children's mathematics learning, but only on specific concepts. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.