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ERIC Number: ED222598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
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A Reliability Study of the WISC with Puerto Rican Children (Grades K-9) in Puerto Rico.
Prewitt-Diaz, Joseph O.; Munoz, Gaisel
A Spanish translation of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) was tested for reliability among kindergarten to ninth grade Puerto Rican children. The study was prompted by the concern expressed in previous studies that translated and adapted intelligence tests, which have been standardized primarily with children of one culture, do not account for cultural differences and therefore may not reflect the actual intellectual capacity of children of other cultures. From the test results, the researcher computed coefficients of reliability; item difficulty indices; item and subtest correlations; and mean scores for verbal intelligence, performance intelligence, and full intelligence. Findings of higher performance over verbal scores were similar to findings of previous studies. The mean intelligence quotient was 109.9. Comparatively, an earlier study, which also tried out the WISC translation among Puerto Ricans, yielded a mean score of 88.01, 12 points below the American mean. The results of the present study suggest that the WISC is appropriate for measuring intelligence among Puerto Rican children. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Puerto Rico; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children