ERIC Number: ED234918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Longitudinal Development of Conservation Skills in Learning Disabled Children.
Speece, Deborah L.; McKinney, James D.
A longitudinal investigation was conducted on the development of conservation skills in learning disabled (LD) children. During each of 3 years, six measures of conservation from the Concept Assessment Kit (space, number, substance, weight, continuous quantity, and discontinuous quantity) were administered to 31 newly identified LD students and 33 normally achieving children. Results indicated that the LD group demonstrated a developmental delay in attaining the stage of concrete operations. However, when this stage was achieved, the LD group appeared to acquire specific concepts at the same rate as normally achieving children. Academic achievement was not predicted by full scale IQ and total conservation scores in the LD group. The LD group exhibited a nonsignificant pattern of correlations between conservation performance and IQ and achievement variables, whereas the normally achieving group demonstrated moderate significant relationships. For the LD group, the lack of overlap between conservation performance, IQ, and achievement suggested that these children may be developmentally different in their approach to cognitive tasks. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).