ERIC Number: ED106042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Intelligence of Mexican American Children: A Field Study Comparing Neo-Piagetian and Traditional Capacity and Achievement Measures.
de Avila, Edward A.; Havassy, Barbara
Approximately 1,225 Mexican American and Anglo American children in grades 1-6 (ages 6-14) from California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas were tested using school achievement and IQ standardized tests and four Piagetian-derived measures (Cartoon Conservation Scales, Water Level Task, Figural Intersection Test, and Serial Task). The field study's goals were to examine the: (1) interrelations among the four neo-Piagetian measures in a Mexican American sample which varied as to geography and socioeconomic status; (2) neo-Piagetian measures' psychometric properties; (3) relation between developmental level as assessed by neo-Piagetian procedures and IQ as assessed by standardized measures; (4) extent of field-independence as measured by the Water Level Task; and (5) sex differences in performance on the tests. The developmental measures were given to all subjects irrespective of site while the standardized achievement and IQ tests were given on a site specific basis. Among the standardized tests were: Otis-Lennon Mental Ability Test, Inter-American Series; and Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test. Some findings were: except for the Serial Task, the neo-Piagetian measures possessed high reliability, homogeneity, and validity; and these measures exhibited a developmental progression of performance scores across age in accordance with Piaget's theory of cognitive development. (Author/NQ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Anglo Americans, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Tests, Comparative Analysis, Conservation (Concept), Elementary Education, Field Studies, Intelligence Tests, Mexican Americans, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Standardized Tests, Tables (Data)
Dissemination Center for Bilingual Bicultural Education, 6504 Tracor Lane, Austin, Texas 78721 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Educational Media Branch.
Authoring Institution: Dissemination and Assessment Center for Bilingual Education, Austin, TX.; Education Service Center Region 13, Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; New Mexico; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII