ERIC Number: ED217046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
The Importance of Situational Factors and Task Demands to Handicapped Children's Test Performance.
Fuchs, Douglas; And Others
Task complexity in terms of symbolic mediation (inner thought) as a determinant of differential test performance and the prediction of dissimilar functioning were examined. Preschool children with moderate to profound speech and/or language handicaps were tested using: (1) a sound-in-words subtest of the Test of Articulation (TA); (2) Action Pictures (AP); (3) a Symbolic Mediation Test (SMT); and (4) the Schenectady Kindergarten Rating Scale of classroom behavior. Controls were included for test demands; the progression from low to high symbolic mediation tasks; the subject response mode; and examiner silence. Familiar and unfamiliar examiners certified and experienced in early childhood education administered the tests in instruct and no-instruct groups. The results among tests and variables are discussed in relation to examiners' backgrounds. Statistical tables illustrate the AP Tasks and the SMT which is included in the appendix. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. for Research on Learning Disabilities.
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