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ERIC Number: ED535490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
The Cognitive Abilities of Children: Reflections from an Entrance Exam
Cil, Emine; Cepni, Salih
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 6 p555-565 2012
The basic determiner for the school in which the children who completed their primary education will in at an upper education level in Turkey is the entrance exam carried out nationwide. The items of national exam, called as LDE (Level Determination Exam) which the primary education pupils (aged between 12 and 15) will participate in Turkey were analyzed according to Piaget's theory of cognitive development in this study. The purpose of this analysis is to examine whether this exam contributes to the development of children's cognitive ability or not, and how much each question was accomplished by the students who were focused on. The students' condition to cope with the concrete and formal operational stage cognitive abilities was tried to be determined in this way. The study was carried out through document analysis method. Most of the questions of the exam were aimed at evaluating the formal operational stage abilities. According to the findings obtained from more than three million students, Turkish children were rather unsuccessful in correlational cognitive ability. The children's hypothetical thinking ability is weak, too. Some suggestions were made to take LDE and help the students acquire formal operational stage cognitive abilities. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey