Effects of organizational disequilibrium training on structural elaboration

Sidney Strauss, Ilana Rimalt

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100 53-78-mo old children who displayed pretest structural profiles of varying levels of structural elaboration participated in a training condition, based on the organizational disequilibrium model that predicts that the successively alternating application of different partial structures should lead to cognitive advance. Findings show that (a) training was more effective within and between concepts for Ss with structural mix than for those who had no measured structural mix; (b) the number of Ss acquiring an ontogenetically later concept increased as a function of increasing pretest structural elaboration of ontogenetically earlier concepts; (c) structural application disruption for earlier concepts impeded acquisition of later concepts; and (d) acquisition of later developing concepts influenced structural elaboration of earlier developing concepts. (15 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-533
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1974


  • organizational disequilibrium training, structural elaboration, 4-6 yr olds


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