ERIC Number: ED211894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Levels of Organization and the Development of Social Knowledge.
Teske, John A.; Laird, James D.
During socialization, individuals begin to understand increasingly broader and more abstract units of personal and social reality. Subjects (N=97) ranging in age from 13 to late middle age completed a linguistic task in which they could impose higher order conceptions on lower order descriptions by identifying different level similarities within sets of three situations. Results demonstrated the usefulness of a hierarchical system of organizational levels for investigating the development of social knowledge. Subjects were less successful overall in finding higher level similarities, and showed a preference for the level of action. The developmental differentiation of conceptual abilities seems to enable a progressive competence at conceptualizing in terms of additional higher levels of organization, as older and better educated subjects show increasing facility in operating across higher levels. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981). Best copy available. Some figures are of marginal legibility.