ERIC Number: ED192480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
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Conditional Logic of Young Gifted Children.
Wolf, Willavene; Shigaki, Irene S.
To test the hypotheses that gifted Ss will be better able to supply missing conclusions to conditional syllogisms as a factor of maturation and that the hierarchy of difficulty in supplying conclusions will be from affirming the antecedent and denying the consequent, to linear transitivity to nonlinear transitivity, and finally to conditional chains; 160 gifted children (ages 4 to 12) were studied. Findings validated both hypotheses. There was a developmental pattern in the ability to supply the missing conclusions, with an increase noted at each age level until age 9 when ability leveled off until age 11. The hierarchy existed, but was clustered into two groups (one the first two principles, the other the last three) with conditional chains by far the hardest principle for the Ss to grasp. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY.