The development of a test of cognitive capacity for indigenes of Papua-New Guinea

Ord, I. G. (Ian Geoffry), 1927- (1959). The development of a test of cognitive capacity for indigenes of Papua-New Guinea M.A. Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Ord, I. G. (Ian Geoffry), 1927-
Thesis Title The development of a test of cognitive capacity for indigenes of Papua-New Guinea
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1959
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Total pages 287
Language eng
Subjects 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
Formatted abstract
An individual performance battery of tests has been devised suitable for purposes of selection and broad classification of practical mental ability for indigenes of Papua and New Guinea. It was first devised to select recruits for the Pacific Islands Regiment regardless of literacy and of language and cultural differences. To date some two hundred and thirty serving soldiers have been selected using this test. It was later used as an aid in selecting native school children for scholarships for secondary education in Australia. In its experimental and developed form it has been administered to almost one thousand subjects. It has been standardized against a sample of one hundred serving members of the Pacific Islands Regiment and seventy-five native scholarship students in Australia. Its reliability and validity compare favourably with performance tests applied elsewhere to pre-literate or ‘primitive’ peoples. Reliability appears to be of the order of 0.85. For heterogeneous groups validity in terms of educability would be of the order of 0.50, whereas in terms of assessment of intelligent adaptive behaviour an order of 0.70 is indicated. Validity has been indicated chiefly by the accumulation of data on numerous small samples of different constitution. It is maintained that this test more than most has application for cross-cultural testing amongst pre-literates where an assessment of adaptability for learning of new knowledge, coping with new situations and acquiring new practical skills is required.
Keyword Intelligence tests for preliterates -- Papua New Guinea.

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