Developing and assessing lower-ses Hispanic children's inferential thinking through a museum-school program

  • Marian L. Martinello
  • Megan E. Kromer


An interpretive tour of an ecology exhibit was integrated with classroom lessons to develop scientific observing and inferring skills in lower socio-economic status (SES) Hispanic children. Fourteen fourth-grade teachers were trained to use the program. One hundred twenty-one (121) Hispanic children experienced the program over six weeks and 128 children experienced the same program in a two-week intensive format. Two classes totaling 34 children served as controls. Open-ended pretests and posttests were used to examine student use of descriptors and logical inferences. Neither group excelled in using descriptors, but the six-week treatment group produced more and/or better inferences than the two-week or control groups.


Posttest Score Hispanic Child Museum Visit Adjusted Means Classroom Lesson 


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© Springer Netherlands 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marian L. Martinello
    • 1
  • Megan E. Kromer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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