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ERIC Number: ED011613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Pages: 49
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Reference Count: 0
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AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING HOMES AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE.
FENNESSEY, JAMES
THE LANGUAGE-RELATED DIFFICULTIES OF PUERTO RICAN CHILDREN IN NEW YORK PUBLIC SCHOOLS WERE STUDIED BY A REANALYSIS OF DATA PREVIOUSLY COLLECTED IN A U.S. OFFICE OF EDUCATION (USOE) SURVEY. THIS SPANISH-SPEAKING ETHNIC GROUP WAS STUDIED TO ANSWER TWO QUESTIONS--(1) WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN THE HOME AND OTHER ASPECTS OF ETHNIC BACKGROUND, AND (2) WHAT DIFFERENCES ARE PRESENT AT SEVERAL DIFFERENT GRADE LEVELS IN VOCABULARY TEST SCORES OF PUERTO RICAN CHILDREN FROM CONTRASTING, HOME-LANGUAGE BACKGROUNDS. ANALYSIS OF THE DATA WAS MADE DIFFICULT BY THE APPARENT PRESENCE OF A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF RESPONSE ERRORS ON SOME IMPORTANT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS. TENTATIVE CONCLUSIONS SUGGESTED BY THE ANALYSIS WERE (1) THE LANGUAGE PATTERN IS NOT VERY CLOSELY LINKED WITH OTHER ATTRIBUTES OF PUERTO RICAN ETHNIC BACKGROUND, (2) WHEN SOME BACKGROUND VARIABLES THAT ARE CONFOUNDED WITH THE LANGUAGE PATTERN ARE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, THERE IS LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AVERAGE TEST SCORES OF THE CHILDREN FROM SPANISH-ENGLISH HOMES AND THE ENGLISH-ONLY HOMES, EXCEPT AT GRADE 1. THE AUTHOR RECOMMENDS FURTHER RESEARCH TO REEXAMINE THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE USOE STUDY USED FOR THIS PROJECT AND THE CONCLUSIONS OF SIMILAR SURVEY DATA COLLECTED FROM DISADVANTAGED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PUPILS. RELATED STUDIES ARE AA 000 046 AND AA 000 047. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.
Identifiers: EQUALITY OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY; Maryland (Baltimore)