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ERIC Number: ED196275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Field-Dependent-Independent Cognitive Styles to Foreign Language Achievement.
Hansen, Jacqueline; Stansfield, Charles
Psychological literature on field independence shows that the field independent individual possesses enhanced cognitive restructuring abilities, while the field dependent individual possesses interpersonal and social skills. It was hypothesized that field independence would be related to the acquisition of linguistic competence, and that field dependence would be related to the acquisition of communicative competence. The scores of some 300 students on a test of communicative and integrative competence were correlated. Student sex and scholastic aptitude were included in the design as moderator variables. The students were enrolled in a first semester college Spanish class. The results indicate that field independence plays a role in second language acquisition. This role was particularly noticeable in the acquisition of linguistic competence and integrative competence. It was only barely noticeable in the acquisition of communicative competence. Some possible classroom strategies for dealing with field dependent learners are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Field Dependence; Field Independence