ERIC Number: ED258809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Two Structured Interviews for Studying Development of Logical Reasoning in Children and Adolescents. Internal Report 79 ON 12.
Mason, E. J.; And Others
This paper describes the development and characteristics of structural interview procedures designed to aid researchers in investigating children's understanding of their logical arguments. The procedures comprise a system which assesses verbal expression, understanding of implication, and ability to reason logically; it also assesses understanding of parts of conditional arguments (the arguments presented as a whole) and of class inclusion aspects of implication. The first section of the paper describes the construction of the interviews and suggests modifications for their use in other kinds of studies. The second section describes the scoring methods used with the interviews. Inter-rater and scale realiability are also considered. The third and final section offers conclusions and suggestions for using the instrument. Illustrations of the interviews, scoring forms, and other related materials are provided in appendices. The instrument and procedures have been used successfully with subjects ranging from 5- to 15-years-old in the region of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Catholic Univ., Nijmegen (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands