Some aspects of educational testing in the Cook Islands.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
A comparison of test performance between two groups of 120 children divided into 6 age groups from 8 to 13, was made using a battery of educational and performance tests consisting of standardised Western achievement and intelligence tests and some newly developed 'culture fair' instruments. The two groups consisted of Cook Island children living on Mangaia and New Zealand children from a North-western suburb of Christchurch. The New Zealanders performed at a higher level than the Cook Islanders on the educational tests but with the 'culture fair' tests there were no significant differences . Some Cook Island children, particularly the younger ones, experienced difficulty in copying asymmetrical shapes and these children also had significantly lower scores on the other tests. No definite conclusion as to the cause of this copying problem was reached but a possible course of remedial action is suggested. Some general observations about education in developing countries are made.