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ERIC Number: ED313134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Development and Cultivation of Imagination and Logical Operations in Young Children.
Michalowitz, Rina
A study explored: (1) the possibility that imagination and imagery in young children can be developed by systematic practice; and (2) the extent to which the development of imagination and imagery affects other cognitive abilities, such as classification, seriation, and conservation. Concepts of imagery and operation schemes were derived from cognitive approaches oriented toward information processing and from Piagetian developmental theory. Participants were 133 children of 5 to 6 years of age, half of whom were disadvantaged. Children were divided into four treatment groups: two experimental and two control. Experimental groups received training in the use of operational schemes or imagery and imagination. Control groups received irrelevant training or no training. Training occurred in 50 sessions during a 3-4 month period. Results showed significant improvement due to training, and thus indicated a clear positive relation between the cognitive abilities studied. Disadvantaged children who before training were below advantaged children in the ability to use operation schemes and control imagination, reduced and sometimes even eliminated the gap after training. It is concluded that since training was more beneficial to the disadvantaged, there may be limits to the contribution experience can make to the development of the cognitive abilities tested. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel