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ERIC Number: ED375169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Does the Use of Color on the WISC-III Affect Student Performance?
Nelson, Karen M.; And Others
One of the changes in the test stimuli of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children III (WISC-III) was the addition of color artwork on the Picture Completion (PC) and Picture Arrangement (PA) subtests. While the reactions of children and examiners to the color were positive during pilot testings and tryout, studies examining the effect of color on students' performances on the PC and PA subtests are lacking. This study compared the performances of elementary-age students on color and black-and-white versions of the two subtests. Subjects were 90 elementary-age students (42 males and 48 females), with a mean age of 10 years, 10 months, randomly selected from grades 3 through 6 from a suburban, middle-class elementary school in the Midwest. Both versions were administered in counterbalanced order to each student. T-tests for related samples were computed for both the raw scores and the scaled scores of the PC and PA subtests. Nonsignificant results were obtained, suggesting that the addition of the color stimuli did not affect performance on the two subtests. Boys and girls performed at an equivalent level on both versions. Three tables present study findings. (Contains four references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children