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ERIC Number: ED389467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
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Socio-Cognitive Abilities of Children between 4-5 Years of Age Coming from Immigrant Families.
Pry, Rene; And Others
This study examined the social and cognitive competence of immigrant preschool children in France. A total of 25 immigrant (Maghreb) children and 25 nonimmigrant French children age 4 and 5 years participated in the study, which compared their cognitive abilities, adaptive behaviors, play abilities, and success in the first year of elementary school. It found that the immigrant children received lower scores than the nonimmigrant children in all four areas. The results suggest that children from an immigrant background seemed to "cognitivize" more than nonimmigrant children the adaptations that define the social intelligence. For nonimmigrant children, these cognitive processes were heavily mobilized in learning situations and were much more in action in applications of practical intelligence. Possible cultural and linguistic biases of the instruments used to measure cognitive abilities and adaptive behaviors are also discussed. (Contains 50 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: France; Maghreb Countries
Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (5th, Paris, France, September 7-9, 1995).