ERIC Number: ED322689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The Relationship between the Conservation Response and Giftedness in First Grade Children. An Educational Field Problem Research Project Report.
Hix, Barbara Ostipwko
This study of 145 middle class first grade students investigated whether a relationship exists between early acquisition of Piagetian conservation tasks and gifted performance on a mental abilities test. Students were evaluated individually on tasks involving the conservation of number, of liquid quantity, and of mass. A moderate correlation was found between scores on the quantitative section of the Cognitive Abilities Test and conservation of number. Multiple regression correlations between combined Cognitive Abilities section scores and conservation tasks resulted in R values in the moderate range. Boys were found to conserve more frequently than girls. A significant realtionship was found to exist between the early acquisition of conservation concepts and giftedness as determined by performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test suggesting the usefulness of conservation tasks in a multiple criteria approach to the identification of gifted children. Appendixes include the research request form, the parent consent form, and a Piagetian task response sheet. Contains 81 references. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Requirement for the Education Specialist Degree, Graduate Education Division, Mercer University.