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Title: Cross cultural study of the effects of bi-culturation and bilingualism upon the cognitive development at the concrete operational stage in Turkish children
Author: Sevinc, Muzeyyen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3394 5164
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1985
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The aim of this research was to investigate the effect of migration to Western Europe (Germany) as an acculturation influence on the cognitive development of children from Turkey whose life experiences were formerly limited to rural and agricultural village life. A pilot study was carried out in London on samples of Cypriot and English pupils to assess the materials to be used. In the main study 485 children were tested. These differed along a scale in respect of their biculturation and bilingualism. At one end were children still living in Anatolia and at the other end were Turkish children who had migrated to West Berlin. The migrant children were further classified into three groups according to length of residence abroad and the types of schools being attended. A comparison group of German working-class children were also sampled. Three general sets of hypotheses were raised on: a) the effects of bilingualism and biculturation on the development of cognitive skills; b) the order in which different skills are developed (structure d'ensemble); c) the relationship between language mastery (vectors versus scalors) and cognitive development. Socio-economic status and socio-psychological attitudes of all migrant samples and the German group were also investigated.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Psychology