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This is a term paper on child development by Jean Piaget. His research tries to ask whether the spatial ability is related to reading then to perceptual ability, whether children with low visual perceptual skill can read satisfactorily.
His research tries to ask whether the spatial ability is related to reading then to perceptual ability, whether children with low visual perceptual skill can read satisfactorily, to highlight whether perceptual abilities or visual-spatial abilities contribute more. The results show that grade 2 children with good perceptual and spatial skills do better than other children, but the results also show that visual-spatial skills are more associated with reading skills then perceptual skills. Thus according to the author, the perceptual skills should not be emphasized and in the case of children with learning disabilities, more emphasis should be put on the visual-spatial skills.
The first article, (Wachs, 1981) is more of a review of the ideas and the philosophy of Piaget, with reference to education. Instead of evaluating Piaget’s theory, the author simply presents it and then in the conclusion gives a sketchy idea of a research conducted by himself. I my view he should have given a more detailed version of what methodology was employed and how successful it was, to reiterate the points made by Piaget.
Kershener (1975) on the other hand believes that the reliance on perceptual abilities is overrated and it should be de-emphasized in teaching, and that visual-spatial abilities are more important at concrete operational stage. The research he has conducted and his hypothesis are too many and diverse, he should instead have concentrated on one topic instead of asking so many questions, as he himself admits that this is just a beginning.
However what is clear from the two works is that perceptual skills and teachings is important but more at earlier stage, or in the pre operational stage, when the perceptual skills are mostly required.
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