ERIC Number: ED260859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation into the Development and Validation of an Assessment Procedure for Identifying Language Disorders in Spanish/English Bilingual Children.
Cole, Jack T.; De Leon, Josie
Sixty bilingual Mexican American children (20 language disorderd, 20 not qualifying for placement, 20 comparison) between the ages of 7-10 from 2 school districts in southern New Mexico participated in the study to develop and validate an assessment procedure to determine language disorders in Spanish/English bilingual children. An ex post facto approach was used in the validation of the assessment procedure which included subject testing, parent interviews, and teacher checklists. Five experts reviewed the assessment data. The investigation did not produce any recommendations on evaluation measures that appeared to be more viable than others in discriminating differences in the language disordered and non-language disordered bilingual child. The findings demonstrated the complexity of attempting to develop and validate a procedure and the obvious need to establish some validity in the diagnosis of language disorders in Spanish/English bilingual children. The study concluded that it will take much research to ultimately determine what diagnosticians should include in the evaluation. Fourteen appendices include correspondence and forms used in the study. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Coll. of Education.