Originally published in 1975, this volume (3 of 4) presents an expanded model of certain deductive abilities in children and adults. A partial explanation of the growth of these abilities was suggested in Volume 2 of this series, and it is amplified here, both with regard to propositional logic and the logic of class inclusion. A new methodology is employed, the issue of the effect of content in deductive reasoning is covered, and developmental questions are reformulated. Although only data from experiments with adolescents are presented here, the volume sets the stage for potentially illustrating developmental comparisons, a topic pursued in Volume 4 of this novel and inventive series.
Preface. Part 1: Introduction 1. Developmental Issues 2. The Research Question Sharpened 3. Three Kinds of Models for Logical Judgment 4. Deduction Models: General Considerations and an Exemplification 5. Empirical Conditions on Derivations 6. Methodological Issues 7. Method Part 2: Propositional Arguments 8. Experiment 1: Validation of Methodology, and the Question of Alternative Operations 9. Experiment 2: Within-Subject Consistency and Complex, Single-Operation Arguments 10. Experiment 3: New Operations 11. Experiment 4: Amalgamation of the Two Sets of Operations 12. Experiment 5: Further Test of the Theory Part 3: Familiar Content and Class Inclusion 13. The Question of a Qualitative Difference Reexamined 14. Experiment 6: Causal Arguments Testing the Theory of Table 8.1 15. Experiment 7: Causal Arguments Testing the Theory of Table 11.1 16. Experiment 8: More Causal Arguments Testing the Theory of Table 11.1 17. Experiment 9: Class-Inclusion Arguments Testing the Theory of Table 8.1 18. Experiment 10: Class-Inclusion Arguments Testing the Theory of Table 11.1 19. Experiment 11: More Class-Inclusion Arguments Testing the Theory of Table 8.1 Part 4: Further Issues 20. Other Properties of Argument Difficulty and Acceptance Rate 21. Some Remaining Theoretical Issues. Appendix: A Full Statement of the Theory. References. Author Index. Subject Index.
Logical Abilities in Children (4 Volume set), was originally published between 1974 and 1976 to critical acclaim. Now available again as individual titles or a set of 4, the author draws on Piagetian theory to examine logical ability in children through to adolescence. The set will be interesting reading for all concerned with both logical abilities in children, their development, and novel methodological approaches to research bearing on this and related issues at the time.