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ERIC Number: ED416949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 10
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Children's Collection and Use of Predecisional Information for Social and Nonsocial Decisions.
Avond, Steve Vanden
To better understand the development of noncompensatory strategy use for decisions involving social and nonsocial objects, a decision board technique was used to trace the information acquisition process of 88 second-, fifth-, and eighth-graders. Findings indicated that second-graders searched the decision board (a matrix with 24 squares of hidden information) much less efficiently than older children. Eighth-graders searched in a pattern much like that of adults. Developmental differences were also noted in that eighth-graders searched more systematically, selectively, and strategically than fifth- or second-graders. However, results indicated that even young children had the ability and propensity to alter their decision strategies based on characteristics of the decision task. Results suggest that presenting information about decision objects in a form in which they are most commonly encountered affects children's ability to focus on relevant information, a skill often involved in the use of adult decision strategies. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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