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ERIC Number: EJ815344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0671
Development in the Thematic and Containment-Relation-Oriented Organization of Word Concepts
Miller, Paul; Eilam, Billie
Journal of Educational Research, v101 n6 p350-362 Jul-Aug 2008
The authors shed light on individuals' development of the ability to use thematic and containment relations to organize concepts hierarchically. The authors used a new paradigm calling for the organization of word concepts into a containment-relation-oriented (CRO) hierarchy to collect data from 120 individuals at varied educational levels (Grade 2 to university). Findings indicate improved ability to map concepts by thematic and containment-oriented relations between Grades 2 and 4. Although there was no evidence of a developmental thematic-to-CRO shift in the organization of concepts, findings suggest that such a shift may be triggered by task-inherent properties. Evidence also strongly suggests that individuals who are otherwise unable to integrate isolated information units into complex knowledge structures may succeed when adequately assisted. The authors discuss findings in terms of their educational implications. (Contains 5 figures, 5 tables, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel