Understanding the dimensional change card sort: Perspectives from task success and failure
Towse, J. N., Redbond , J., Houston-Price, C. M. T. and Cook, S. (2000) Understanding the dimensional change card sort: Perspectives from task success and failure. Cognitive Development, 15 (3). 347-365 . ISSN 0885-2014
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/S0885-2014(00)00021-6
Four experiments consider some of the circumstances under which children follow two different rule pairs when sorting cards. Previous research has repeatedly found that 3-year-olds encounter substantial difficulties implementing the second of two conflicting rule sets, despite their knowledge of these rules. One interpretation of this phenomenon [Cognitive Complexity and Control (CCC) theory] is that 3-year-olds have problems establishing an appropriate hierarchical ordering for rules. The present data suggest an alternative account of children's card sorting behaviour, according to which the cognitive salience of test card features may be more important than inflexibility with respect to rule representation.
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