ERIC Number: ED243575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
English Language Independent Prediction of Academic Readiness in Ethnically Diverse Low SES Four and Five Year Old Children.
Milan, Marjorie L.
Designed to explore the effectiveness of predictors of academic readiness among low SES ethnically diverse children, this study tested low income 4- and 5-year-old Anglo-American, Mexican, and Vietnamese children eligible for kindergarten in the school year 1982-83. The recently arrived Mexican and Vietnamese children did not speak English. Sixty children (20 from each ethnic group) were tested at home to determine the relationship of five independent variables (chronological age in months, general knowledge, intelligence, persistence, and gender of child), as measured by the Cooperative Preschool Inventory, the Columbia Mental Maturity Scale, and the Michigan State University Puzzle Box, to academic readiness as measured by the Metropolitan Readiness Test. All independent variables except age showed a significant relationship to academic readiness; this finding was interpreted to suggest that a myriad of factors influence academic readiness. Among the conclusions and implications of the study are the following: the lack of significant correlation for age in months and academic readiness may be influenced by the age range of study participants as well as by difficulties in assessing exact ages of ethnically diverse students, accurate assessment of non-English speaking students is necessary to avoid misclassification, and recent exposure to Western Society might affect performance of students from some ethnic groups. (BJD)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Asian Americans, Chronological Age, Early Childhood Education, Immigrants, Intelligence, Kindergarten, Knowledge Level, Low Income Groups, Mexican Americans, Non English Speaking, Persistence, Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Preschool Children, School Readiness, Sex Differences, Vietnamese People
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Denver.