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The Development of Children’s Concepts of Causal Relations

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Jean Marquis Deutsche

The Development of Children’s Concepts of Causal Relations

The Development of Children’s Concepts of Causal Relations was first published in 1937. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

This is a report of group tests administered to 732 school children between 8 and 16 years of age, in grades 3 to 8. The children were asked to explain 11 scientific demonstrations, such as putting out a candle with a glass jar, and 12 commonly observed natural phenomena, such as snow and thunder.

Quantified scores herein are analyzed in relationship to age, sex, intelligence, school grade, and socio-economic status. The results give insight into children’s logical processes and the development of thinking.

The Development of Children’s Concepts of Causal Relations

Jean Marquis Deutsche was a psychologist in the Delinquency Division of the Federal Children’s Bureau in St. Paul. She made this investigation as a fellow in the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Welfare.

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