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ERIC Number: ED528884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Effects of Pretests on Children's Numerical Magnitude Representations
Fazio, Lisa K.; Gumbel, Lauren; Robert S. Siegler
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
In this experiment, the authors sought to further examine the effects of pretests on later learning. Specifically, they were interested in if activating a correct mental representation on the pretest would improve later learning and if activating an incorrect representation would impair learning. Kindergarteners and preschoolers were split into three groups: one group took a pretest designed to activate a detrimental logarithmic representation, one took a pretest designed to activate a beneficial linear representation, and a control group received no pretest. After a short feedback session, all children completed a posttest to determine if they had learned from the feedback. (Contains 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)