Identifying the task characteristics that predict children's construction task performance

Richardson, M., Jones, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-3867-9947, Croker, S. and Brown, S., 2011. Identifying the task characteristics that predict children's construction task performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology. ISSN 0888-4080

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Construction tasks form a major part of children’s play and can be linked to achievement in maths and science. However there is a lack of understanding of construction task ability and development. Therefore, there is little foundation for the applied use of construction tasks, such as in teaching or research, as there are no apparent methods for assessing difficulty. This empirical research identifies four construction task characteristics that impact on cognition and predict construction task difficulty in children aged 7-8 and 10-11 years and adults. The results also reveal a developmental trajectory in construction ability. The research provides a method to quantify, predict and control the complexity of construction tasks for future research and to inform applied use.

Item Type: Journal article
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Publication Title: Applied Cognitive Psychology
Creators: Richardson, M., Jones, G., Croker, S. and Brown, S.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (CTA)
Date: 2011
ISSN: 0888-4080
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:58
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:15

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