A FACTOR ANALYTIC STUDY OF THREE TYPES OF CONCEPT ATTAINMENT TASKS.
PRINCETON UNIV NJ
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The purposes of this study were to determine if communalities exist among three types of human concept attainment tasks, and, if so, to relate the factors to previously identified reference factors. The supposition of a common factor or factors was based upon a Mediation Theory. Other purposes of the study were to determine if subjects who solved the tasks used the same abilities that nonsolving subjects used, and to find out if these abilities were used on more than one type of task. A battery of 16 paper-and-pencil reference tests, representing seven previously identified factors, was administered to 119 male ninth-grade students. The seven factors or ability measures represented were flexibility of closure, induction, associative memory, number facility, general reasoning, syllogistic reasoning, and verbal comprehension. After the reference battery was given, subjects were tested on 12 concepts that represented three types of tasks nonverbal concepts restricted by the attributes of the stimuli card sort tasks, nonverbal concepts not restricted by the attributes of the stimuli, and verbal concepts. Author
- Statistics and Probability