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ERIC Number: ED014763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
Pages: 454
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FACTORS RELATED TO SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT. FINAL REPORT.
GOLDSTEIN, BERNARD; AND OTHERS
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Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Urban Studies Center.
Identifiers: CHI SQUARE