ERIC Number: ED119823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive Styles of Puerto Rican Children.
Clark, Richard M.
This study compares the results of three psychometric tests which were administered to middle class children in first, third and fifth grades in Puerto Rico and to a similar sample in New York State. The tests used were: (1) the Matching Familiar Figures (MFF) Test, (2) the Intellectual Achievement Responsibility (IAR) Scale, and (3) a paired associate learning task. For each test, a comparative analysis was made of results from each sample population. Findings indicate substantially similar patterns of response to test items at each age level across cultures. This commonality is attributed to the fact that middle class Puerto Rican and New York children share many cultural elements. In each culture, school practices, television programs, stores and job roles are closely comparable. The paired associate task did results in discrepant results across the two cultures; however, reasons for this are not understood and it is noted that the processes of memory do follow similar developmental trends in each population. Comparative psychometrics across cultures is discussed and the view is expressed that the underlying constructs that these three tests are designed to measure are meaningful in all cultures. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 3, 1975)