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Dynamic Testing & Learning potential
Focus on cognitive potential

Prof.dr.Wilma C.M. Resing
Unit Developmental and Educational Psychology
Institute of Psychology. Leiden University

Project Dynamic Testing with the TagTile: Current Study

Researchers: Prof. dr. Wilma Resing and others

The task

The material used in testing varies, but is based on the same principle: children see a series of complex pictures, consisting of different cubes with different colours and patterns. They have to decide what the next picture of the series will be. Then they have to place that picture on the electronic board (TagTile) using the cubes placed on the table.


Aims of the study

  • Investigating the learning potential of children from different cultures
  • Investigating the changes in problem solving behaviour of children
  • Investigating whether children can be grouped on the basis of the extent to which they profit from training: more, less, or differential
  • Investigating whether the dynamic testing results can be used in a school setting
  • Investigating the executive skills of children in relation to their learning potential

A reliable training technique is the graduated prompts approach. This approach consists of showing children gradually how a task has to be solved, during which process a child has to solve independently as many steps as possible. A child needing little help performs better than a child needing all the help you can offer, and a child who can solve the entire task independently performs even better. Of course, the task is demonstrated once when using this approach, as the child needs to have formed an idea of the task and the task requirements. The training session consists of a combination of metacognitive help (what do I need to do, how do I need to do this, and how did I do it) and explanation of the task. This works a lot better with many children than just telling them how a task needs to be solved. Using this approach, children become more active when solving the task. 


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