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ERIC Number: ED104535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-10
Pages: 20
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Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Bilingualism on Cognitive Development and Cognitive Strategy.
Ben-Zeev, Sandra
This dissertation abstract summarizes a research study which investigated the hypothesis that bilingualism in children would result in: (1) increased ability to analyze syntax; (2) acceleration in the time of arrival of the stage of concrete operational thinking; and (3) an increase in cognitive flexibility or ability to mentally shuffle material. Subjects were two groups of Hebrew-English speaking bilingual children; one group was tested in the United States and the other group was tested in Israel. Corresponding monolingual groups were also employed as controls. The mean age of the subjects was just under seven years. All subjects were given tests to measure vocabulary, intelligence, verbal transformation ability, paradigmatic association ability, knowledge of grammatical categories in the native language, symbol substitution ability, and transposition. It was concluded that only the third hypothesis was clearly supported and that the other two hypotheses required restatement since results indicated the situation was more complex than originally conceived. Two characteristics of the thinking of the bilingual child which were found in the research are also discussed. (SDH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Thesis (University of Chicago)