ERIC Number: ED206785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Cross-Cultural Cognitive Styles among Traditional and Assimilated Communities of Polynesians and Asian-Americans: A Pilot Study.
Harvey, T. Edward; And Others
This study investigated the effect of culture on the cognitive styles of Polynesian Asian, and Caucasian Americans in a multicultural school setting. The study attempted to test the Hill scales of cognitive development to determine if they would be a valid predictor of individual cognitive styles. In addition, the investigation tested the popular hypothesis, derived from previous studies on cognitive styles, that students come to school equipped with preferred modes of learning that are the result of the child's cultural milieu, and the teaching style of the mother. The participants in this study came from three sixth grade classes in an Hawaiian school, and were nearly equally distributed with regard to sex. Data were collected by having students respond to Hill's Cognitive Style Mapping Questionnaire. The data showed that sixth graders in a multicultural setting in Hawaii tend to demonstrate differing cognitive styles which they bring to school as a result of each child's dominant family culture, and the Hill scales seem to discriminate these differences along cultural lines. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hill Cognitive Style Mapping Inventory
Note: Not available in paper copy due to authors' restriction. Some tables may be marginally legible due to reproduction quality of original document. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (3rd, Honolulu, HI, April 23, 1981).