The conceptions on shops and factories of a group pf 3rd grade children were assessed by means of the Piagetian clinical method. Factorial analysis showed that children's answewrs about the two economic institutions yielded two distinct factors. Children were then divided into three groups (one control and two experimental); children in the experimental group were taugh, by means of two different training procedures, how the shopkeeper can earn profit. A post test interview, one month later, showed that both experimental groups had progressed in the target notion; however, children did not generalize to the factory what they had learned about shops. According to these results, 3rd graders' thinking about economics consists of separate part systems, which will eventually become integrated as children grow older.

The development of economic notions: single sequence or separate acquisition?

BERTI, ANNA EMILIA;DE BENI, ROSSANA
1986

Abstract

The conceptions on shops and factories of a group pf 3rd grade children were assessed by means of the Piagetian clinical method. Factorial analysis showed that children's answewrs about the two economic institutions yielded two distinct factors. Children were then divided into three groups (one control and two experimental); children in the experimental group were taugh, by means of two different training procedures, how the shopkeeper can earn profit. A post test interview, one month later, showed that both experimental groups had progressed in the target notion; however, children did not generalize to the factory what they had learned about shops. According to these results, 3rd graders' thinking about economics consists of separate part systems, which will eventually become integrated as children grow older.
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