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ERIC Number: ED401515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of American Indian Children as Measured by the SON-R and WISC-III.
Curran, Lisa; And Others
A major criticism of standardized intelligence tests is their improper use in measuring the intellectual competence of culturally diverse children. Factors which complicate the issue are the definition of intelligence, content bias in intelligence tests, and the interpretation of test scores between white middle class children and children of other groups. This study compared the performance of American Indian children on two different intelligence tests: (1) the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Third Edition (WISC-III); and (2) the Snijders-Oomen Nonverbal Test of Intelligence - Revised (SON-R). Studies suggest that American Indian children performed poorly on the Verbal Scale of the WISC-III which subsequently lowered their Full Scale IQ scores. Since the SON-R is designed to de-emphasize the verbal component of IQ testing, it was hypothesized that the SON-R would more accurately assess American Indian children's intelligence than the WISC-III. Results indicated no significant difference between performance on the two tests, failing to confirm the hypothesis. Contains 12 references. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children