A longitudinal study of the effects of undergraduate education on reasoning


Book: 
Rules for Reasoning
Authors: 
Lehman, D. R., & Nisbett, R. E.
Editors: 
Nisbett, R. E.
Type: 
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Pages: 
340-357
Year: 
1993
Publisher: 
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Place: 
Hillsdale, NJ
Abstract: 

Does an undergraduate education improve reasoning about everyday-life problems? Do some forms of undergraduate training enhance certain types of reasoning more than others? These issues have not been addressed in a methodologically rigorous manner (Nickerson, Perkins, & Smith, 1985). We consequently have little knowledge of whether reasoning can be improved by instruction, yet this question has long been regarded as central the theories of cognitive development.

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