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ERIC Number: ED017959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 48
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Reference Count: 0
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ASSESSMENT OF RURAL MEXICAN-AMERICAN PUPILS IN PRESCHOOL AND GRADES ONE THROUGH SIX. PRELIMINARY REPORT.
CUMMINS, EMERY J.; PALOMARES, UVALDO H.
AN ASSESSMENT PROJECT TO EVALUATE THE EDUCATIONAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN RELATION TO THEMSELVES AND THE CULTURE-AT-LARGE WAS INITIATED SO THAT CURRICULUM APPROACHES AND EDUCATIONAL TECHNIQUES APPROPRIATE TO THEIR NEEDS COULD BE DEVELOPED. THE SAMPLE CHOSEN FOR THE STUDY WERE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH SPANISH SURNAMES, PRE-SCHOOL THROUGH SIXTH-GRADE ATTENDING THE SAN YSIDRO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE THREE AREAS MEASURED WERE PERCEPTUAL-MOTOR, SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL, AND INTELLECTUAL-ACADEMIC. EACH AREA WAS MEASURED BY AT LEAST TWO CAREFULLY SELECTED INSTRUMENTS ON SEVEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS, 120 STUDENTS WERE ADMINISTERED THE TESTS. FROM THIS SAMPLE, 25 STUDENTS WERE CHOSEN FOR IN-DEPTH TESTING. RESULTS INDICATE THAT MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS TEND TO FALL PROGRESSIVELY BEHIND THE NORMATIVE POPULATION IN PERCEPTUAL-MOTOR DEVELOPMENT. THEIR SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT WAS CHARACTERIZED BY FEELING OF INADEQUACY AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM. HOWEVER, IN SPITE OF THEIR LOW SELF-CONCEPT, THEIR SOCIAL MATURITY WAS HIGHER THAN THAT OF THE NORMATIVE POPULATION. THOUGH TESTING INDICATES NORMAL INTELLECTUAL ABILITY, THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION WAS CHARACTERIZED BY A PROGRESSIVE DROP IN ACHIEVEMENT THROUGHOUT THE GRADES. FOR EACH AREA, CURRICULUM RECOMMENDATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL TECHNIQUES RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE. (CG)
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
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