ERIC Number: ED193956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Logical Reasoning Skills of Puerto Rican Bilinguals. Final Report.
Duran, Richard P.
Two hundred nine Puerto Rican students in East Coast colleges, from mixed bilingual backgrounds, were administered four matched pairs of deductive reasoning tests in Spanish and English. Measures of reading comprehension in these two languages were also collected. Results indicated that performance on logical reasoning tests in each language can be significantly predicted by measures of reading comprehension skill in the language of the test and that the pattern of prediction is very similar across languages for any pair of reasoning tests. The relationship of a few selected background characteristics of subjects to reasoning test performance was found to be mediated through measures of reading comprehension skill in the language of reasoning tests. Discrepancy between level of performance on Spanish versus English reasoning tests was most apparent for subjects found to show the most discrepancy between reading comprehension skills in Spanish and English. Finally, substantial statistical evidence exists that solution of logical reasoning problems in Spanish and English may involve common thinking skills that are psychologically discriminable from reading comprehension skills. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Research sponsored through the Teaching and Learning Division.