ERIC Number: ED028001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Reinforcement Expectations and Effectiveness Among Mexican-American Migrant and Non-Migrant Children.
Rodriquez, Minerva D.
In an effort to determine reinforcement and its effectiveness among Mexican American migrant and non-migrant children, 2 tests, the Children's Locus of Control Scale and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, and some questions were administered to 60 first and second graders from 2 elementary schools in Laredo, Texas. It was expected that Mexican American migrant children, when compared to non-migrant children, would be low in their level of aspiration and would respond more to concrete than to social rewards. The study indicated that migrant children had a lower level of aspiration than a comparable group of non-migrants. It also suggested that migrant children were less influenced by social rewards than Mexican American children in general. Recommendations included (1) that more thorough studies on Mexican Americans be conducted and disseminated, (2) that more community experiences be provided for migrant children within the educational system, (3) that parents and children in culturally deprived homes be made aware of higher education and occupation possibilities, and (4) that teachers be more sensitive to the problems of these children. (CM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Aspiration, Blacks, Disadvantaged, Dropouts, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Mexican Americans, Migrant Children, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, Reinforcement, Spanish Speaking, Whites
Inter-library loan from Texas Woman's University Library, Denton, Texas 76204
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Identifiers: Bialer Cromwell Childrens Locus of Control Scale; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Texas