ERIC Number: ED071816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
The Influence of Language and Ethnicity on the Measurement of Self-Concept of Spanish-Speaking Migrant Pupils.
Greene, John F.; Zirkel, Perry A.
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of examiner variables such as language, ethnicity, and sex in the measurement of the self-concept of Spanish-speaking migrant pupils. The sample consisted of 169 Spanish-speaking migrant pupils, aged 10 to 12, in a Migratory Children's 1971 Summer Program. These subjects came from 5 Connecticut centers and 1 New York center. The subjects at each center were divided into 4 groups. In each center, a different pair of Puerto Rican and Anglo examiners of the same sex administered the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory using an audio-visual presentation procedure consisting of overhead transparencies and corresponding audio tapes in separate Spanish and English versions. Each examiner tested one group in Spanish and one in English. The Oral Vocabulary subtest of the Inter-American Test of General Ability, Level II in both Spanish and English forms, was used as a language screening device so that only the subjects who had a sufficient level of comprehension in the language in which they were tested would be included in the analysis of examiner effects. The results indicated the importance of the cultural-linguistic factors; consequently, it was suggested that care should be taken to provide contextual consonance and that caution must be exercised when using the commonly available self-report instruments to insure that the language difficulty level is commensurate with the proficiency level of the pupils. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Geneseo. Coll. at Geneseo. Migrant Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Measurement in Education, New Orleans, February 1973