DEVELOPMENTAL CHANGES IN CATEGORIZING BEHAVIOR FROM INFANCY TO THE EARLY PRESCHOOL YEARS / LINDA J. JOHNSON and HENRY D. RICCIUTI.

A MAIN PROBLEM ARISING IN THE STUDY OF CATEGORIZING BEHAVIOR IN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN BY MEANS OF SORTING PROCEDURES WAS THAT PERFORMANCE APPEARED TO BE VERY MUCH A FUNCTION OF THE CHILD'S COMPREHENSION OF THE PARTICULAR VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS EMPLOYED BY THE EXPERIMENTER IN PRESENTING THE TASK. THE SPECI...

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Main Authors: JOHNSON, LINDA J.
RICCIUTI, HENRY D. (Author)
Language:English
Published: [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1965.
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Physical Description:18 pages
Format: Microfilm Book

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