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dc.contributor.advisorMiller, Ronald.
dc.creatorCampbell, Catherine Magda.
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-27T09:18:55Z
dc.date.available2012-07-27T09:18:55Z
dc.date.created1985
dc.date.issued1985
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/6110
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)-University of Natal, Durban, 1985.en
dc.description.abstractWithin the framework of Pascual-Leone's Theory of Constructive Operators (TCO), 252 Zulu-speaking children in the 7-8 , 9-10 and 11-12 age-groups were tested four times on the FIT RAC 794, a measure of mental capacity or !i-power. Two hypotheses were investigated: (i) A "local" hypothesis (related to the fact that many black South African schoolchildren appear to struggle at school) was that 'all children have the same A-power. Performance differences are explained in terms of different learning experiences, which give rise to different repertoires of executive structures responsible for allocating M-power. It was predicted that on Trial 1 of the FIT children would underperform, but that with repeated exposure to the task they would develop the executives necessary for success. (ii) A "general" hypothesis sought to test the TCO's theoretical prediction that there is an age-linked developmental ceiling on performance, and that in spite of over-learning children will not perform beyond their age -determined M-power. As predicted the children underperformed on Trial 1. They reached criterion on Tri a1 2 and then overperformed on Tri a1 3 where performance reached a ceiling with no further significant improvement on Trial 4. The fact that chiIdren achieved scores above those predicted by the TCO on Trials 3 and 4 was explained in terms of non-M facilitating factors, developed as the result of over-exposure to the test.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectCognition in children.en
dc.subjectCognition and culture.en
dc.subjectLearning, psychology of.en
dc.subjectTheses--psychology.en
dc.titleLearning and development : an investigation of a neo-Piagetian theory of cognitive growth.en
dc.typeThesisen


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