ERIC Number: ED056328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Race of Experimenter as a Variable in Research with Children.
The major aim of this study was to determine whether black and white children, ages 8-11, would differ in intellectual performance as a function of the race of the examiner. Two additional subgoals were: (1) to see the effect which the race of the examiner would have on the various subtest scores of the WISC; and (2) to find out if test anxiety scores would differ contingent on the race of the examiner. Four black and 4 white female high school graduates received extensive practical training in administering the WISC, and each then tested 14 black and 14 white children. The children all completed a test anxiety questionnaire prior to administration. Results show that, while the black children generally scored lower than whites, the predicted interaction between race of child and race of examiner was not obtained. In all instances, black examiners produced higher scores than whites. Finally, no significant main effects or interactions were found in relation to the anxiety measure. The findings are discussed. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo.