ERIC Number: ED103160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
A Paradigm for Further Research in Bilingual-Bicultural Education.
Simoes, Antonio, Jr.
The study examined: (1) whether children from different ethnic backgrounds structure their inquiry into social problems along different lines and (2) whether these children have different value orientations at various age levels. The sample consisted of children, ages 7 to 12 years, from three groups: (1) American--no foreign language spoken within the home and both child and parents born in the U.S.; (2) Portuguese American--Portuguese spoken at home, fluent in both Portuguese and English, child born in the U.S., and parents born in Portugal; and (3) Portuguese--in the state of transition from the Portuguese to the English language or speaking only Portuguese. A 3x3 matrix (chronological age, ethnicity, and value orientation) was used along with a data bank which provided children with information on a community in the U.S. Children were administered a pre- and posttest, the Free Inquiry Test, and the Kluckhohn Inventory I and II. Some findings were: (1) as the children were less "Americanized" the perceptions of an American town decreased; (2) age and culture were critical factors in determining the perceptions of an American town; and (3) although no cultural directions were identified among the three groups, the American sample did have an advantage in content questions about the United States. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Hunter Coll.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C. March 30-April 3, 1975)