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The emergence of class concept formation in preschool children

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Title: The emergence of class concept formation in preschool children
Author: Fryer, Margo
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program Psychology
Copyright Date: 1974
Subject Keywords Child development; Concepts; Social classes; Concept formation - infant, newborn; Concept formation - child; Concept formation - child, preschool; Concept formation - infant; Social class; Child psychology
Abstract: The ability to classify complex visual forms was studied in three, four, and five year old children. Each subject performed two tasks based on two classes of computer-generated stimuli. The oddity task required the identification of the odd form in a set of three eight-sided polygons. The sequential task required the assignment of each sequentially presented single polygon to one of two classes. No feedback was given. The results revealed a marked developmental change in classification ability occurring between about 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 years of age. The oddity task appeared to be a more sensitive test of class concept formation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/18992
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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