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ERIC Number: ED313844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Pages: 25
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Spontaneous Comparative Behavior and Categorization: The Links between Mediated Interaction and Reading Comprehension.
Berchin, Janice
The study with three profoundly deaf subjects (ages 11-13) investigated whether there is a chain of functional relationships among a method of interaction referred to as a mediation, a cognitive function referred to as spontaneous comparative behavior, the operation of categorization, and the reading comprehension tasks of using lexical cohesion and finding the main idea. Experimental treatment was a mediated experience in teaching the operation of categorization using the categorization instrument from the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program. The dependent variables of the number of spontaneous comparative responses, the score of the spontaneous comparison, the quality of the commonality, the difference in the response, and the number of most salient verbs and class nouns used were charted for each subject from baseline through treatment. Results indicated a treatment effect for all three subjects for all the dependent variables as well as the acquisition of the operation of categorization. Tests of near- and far-transfer showed inconsistent results. Results suggested a positive level of cognitive modifiability with this population using mediated interaction. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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