ERIC Number: ED030513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Intellectual Ability with a Minimum of Cultural Bias for Two Samples of Metis and Indian Children.
West, Lloyd Wilbert
An investigation was designed to ascertain the effects of cultural background on selected intelligence tests and to identify instruments which validly measure intellectual ability with a minimum of cultural bias. A battery of tests, selected for factor analytic study, was administered and replicated at four grade levels to a sample of Metis and Indian children in Canada. The tests employed generally included conventional intelligence tests and subtests as well as several promising non-verbal or "culture-reduced" varieties. Some tests showed significantly less cultural bias than others. The "culture-reduced" tests identified showed significantly less increase with grade level as a result of selection and school treatment than traditionally used tests as well as substantial correlations with academic achievement. It was found that the degree of cultural bias may vary in a test at different levels. A longitudinal study, intensive item analysis of tests, and a recombination of sub-tests or items were recommended. (SW)
Descriptors: American Indians, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Culture Fair Tests, Factor Analysis, Group Testing, Identification, Intelligence, Intelligence Tests, Measurement Instruments, Nonverbal Tests, Youth
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton.
Identifiers: Canada; Metis (People)
Note: Master's Thesis submitted to University of Alberta, Graduate School (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July, 1962)