A Comparison of the Conservation Acquisition of Mentally Retarded and Nonretarded Children

  • Dorothy Field
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


This paper reports results of a continuing study of the cognitive development of mildly mentally retarded and nonretarded children in which Piagetian conservation training has been the primary investigative tool. I will argue that this complex cognitive training is a particularly useful way to increase our understanding of the similarities and differences between children of normal and subnormal intelligence. I will further suggest that this training may be useful as a diagnostic tool to distinguish children who suffer from retardation from those whose learning disabilities stem from other causes.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Field
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  1. 1.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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