ERIC Number: ED385355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Performance on the Balance Scale by Two-Year Old Children.
Halford, Graeme S.; Dalton, Cherie
Twenty-two children ranging in age from 2 to 3 years were tested on their abilities to apply weight and distance rules to the balance scale. This study was performed to test the prediction that 2-year-olds would be able to understand either a weight rule or a distance rule, but not be able to integrate the two. The sample group was instructed in the use of a simple beam balance with three pegs on each side. With a cut-out duck on one end of the beam and a cut-out rabbit on the other, the subjects were asked to predict which side of the beam would go down when the weights were placed or the pegs were moved. The results indicated that 2-year-olds can predict effects of both weights and distances on a beam balance where only one factor varies. When both factors vary, however, their performance is no better than chance. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Indianapolis, IN, March 30-April 2, 1995).