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ERIC Number: ED262105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
The Assessment of the Potential to Learn: A Multicultural Perspective.
Gamlin, Peter J.; Bountrogianni, Marie
Research summarized here demonstrates how similarity thinking can be used in training programs to help ethnic minority children acquire basic skills. Current achievements are often attenuated by poor language skills, especially when English is not the first language of the child. Similarity thinking assesses the child's ability to learn without achievement constraints. The model of similarity, composed of seven types of thinking, is discussed in relation to several theories, including (1) Piagetian theory, (2) Feuerstein's model and (3) Vygotsky's zone of proximal development. Aids are used in present research studies not only to assess children's potential to learn, but also to help them move along Vygotskys'"zone of next or potential development". According to this view,"competence" is not a "point", but rather a range or zone on a developmental scale (the similarity thinking scale) which is affected both by environmental and organismic influences. A practical consequence of this approach is that ethnic minority children will be more appropriately placed in school learning environments. (Author/LMO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning Potential Assessment Device