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Title: Training in Measurement
Authors: Tomic, W.
Kingma, J.
Tenvergert, E.
Keywords: range of transfer; experiment; kindergarten; Obuchova's training method; conservation; seriation; relational-term tasks
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Heldref Publications
Abstract: Abstract The study investigated the effects of Obuchova's (1966, 1972) method of teaching children how to measure. The subjects were 30 kindergarten children who showed no pretest knowledge of either conservation or seriation. Children from the training condition (N = 15) received 3 1/2 weeks of training. Training appeared to be highly effective. A broad near-far transfer was observed, i.e. skills were transferred to conservation tasks not taught in training. Far-far transfer (i.e. transfer to concepts not included in training) was also observed, because the children were able to solve a broad range of seriation tasks for which they had received no training. This is a noteworthy result, as far-far transfer has rarely been reported in training research. These effects persisted for four months. The educational importance of this result is that by means of a broadly designed course of training, strong and longlasting near-far and far-far transfer effects may be induced. Training did not, however, evoke sleeper effects, since trained and untrained children performed at the same level two years after training.
Description: research article
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