DETERMINING INDIVIDUAL PRESCHOOLERS' PREFERENCES IN A GROUP ARRANGEMENT

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Psychology Department, Western New England College, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Massachusetts 01119 (e-mail: ghanley@wnec.edu)

Abstract

This study sought to determine the accuracy of an assessment format in which selection outcomes were delayed and probabilistic; these are unavoidable features of an assessment designed to determine preferences of multiple children simultaneously. During the single arrangement, preference hierarchies were established by having a child repeatedly select from among several foods and by sequentially restricting preferred items from the array. After being taught the associations between colored cards and the same food items, group assessments were conducted with 3 children simultaneously, in which each child chose a card and all children received the food correlated with a randomly selected card from those that had just been selected. The group assessment appeared to be accurate and perhaps more efficient for determining preferences; thus, we posit that this arrangement is suitable for determining context preferences of multiple children simultaneously.

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