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ERIC Number: ED131955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
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A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Language and Thought in Young Anglo-, Black-, and Mexican-American Children of Low Social Status Parents.
Hollomon, John W.; And Others
The purpose of this investigation was to make a cross-cultural study of the abilities of Anglo-, Black-, and Mexican-American young children of low status parents to process a given set of language and thought universals. The 27 subjects (nine subjects in each ethnic group) were divided into three subgroups according to age-grade levels, 5, 6, and 7 years old (K-2 grades). The instrument consisted of 33 information-eliciting question forms, including 39 questions arranged in an ascending order of difficulty. The interviewing technique was used to collect the data. A phrase structure analysis was made of the data to determine the extent to which the grammatical structures in the responses would reveal observable and quantifiable differences in abilities to process a given set of concepts. Combined results for each ethnic group indicated that, with a few exceptions, each had acquired the language and thought processes elicited, as these relate to classification, seriation, spatio-temporal relations, and causality. The overall conclusion was that the patterns of mental operations appear not to be adversely affected by ethnicity, whereas culture appears to affect levels of speech production across ethnic groups. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)