Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Human Development and Family Studies

Department name when degree awarded

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Carroll C. Lambert


Carroll C. Lambert


The purpose of this study was to test the hypotheses l) there is a significant difference between scores of Head Start children on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah and the norms of the Verbal Memory Test from the McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities; 2) there will not be an association between being Indian or non-Indian; 3 ) there will be an association between teaching styles and the children's performance on the language test. The T test was used to analyze all of the data. The experimental sample scored lower, but not significantly lower than the standardized norms. There was no difference between Indians and non-Indians. The sample (N = 46 children; 30 boys and 16 girls) was taken from four classrooms which were compared with one another. There was a significant difference between classroom 1 and classroom 4 at the .01 level, supporting the hypothesis that there will be an association between teaching styles and language performance. When comparing boys to girls within the sample, girls did significantly better at the .02 level.