Structure and Development of Causal-Experimental Thought: from early adolescence to youth (Journal article)

Demetriou, A./ Efklides, A./ Papadaki, M./ Papantoniou, G./ Economou, A.

This study investigated the structure and development of causal-experimental thought. Ss (N = 260) from 12 to 16 years of age were examined by 3 test batteries. The batteries involved items addressing combinatorial, hypothesis handling, experimentation, and model construction abilities. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that these abilities, although distinct from each other, do share a common functional core, and they are organized in a higher order causal-experimental specialized structural system. Rasch scaling indicated that these 4 kinds of abilities follow overlapping developmental trajectories. Saltus modeling suggested that development is continuous rather than discontinuous. Individual differences were found in the rate of acquisition but not in the structure of abilities. A model of synergic developmental causality was proposed to account for this pattern of development. © 1993 American Psychological Association.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών και Τεχνολογιών. Τμήμα Βιολογικών Εφαρμογών και Τεχνολογιών
ISSN: 0012-1649
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