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ERIC Number: ED164187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Cognitive Style of Mexican-American Children.
Ogletree, Earl J.; Mandujana, Jerry
In order to test previous research findings indicating that the degree of field dependency or independency in children is a function of culture, social class, sex, and age, this study sought to determine the relationship of sex and age to the cognitive style of Mexican American first and second graders from a Chicago school. Thirty two Mexican American children were randomly selected from a population of 75; the sample included equal numbers of first and second graders and boys and girls of ages seven and eight years. The school was located in a predominately Mexican American but ethnically mixed community. The Child Rating Observable Behavior Inventory was used to determine field dependency. The study was conducted over a three month period. The results showed a significantly higher percentage of Mexican American children were field dependent. Girls were also more field dependent than boys. The findings suggest that cognitive style is a function of age, maturation, and sex, of which the latter two factors are influenced by culture and social class. They further suggest that teachers must give greater attention to the cognitive style differences of children from divergent cultural backgrounds. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)