ERIC Number: ED027209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Acculturation, Achievement, and Aspirations of Catholic High School Seniors
Jerdonek, Sister Mary Clare
This study examined the ethnic background, recency of immigration, and college aspirations of the Catholic high school seniors in the Test Every Senior Project and explored the relationships of these factors to achievement. Data concerning 5,705 Catholic high school seniors in the Cleveland diocese were gathered. Through the demographic data, students were grouped as Northern, Central, and Southern Europeans. Students were also grouped as "newcomers" or "oldtimers" according to recency of family immigration. These Catholic seniors were compared to 7,129 public high school seniors on six standardized achievement tests. Catholic seniors achieved significantly higher on the tests dealing with process and understanding of the scientific enterprise, and with making inferences and assumptions across lines of convergent and divergent thinking. Public high school seniors achieved significantly higher on the test of recall of science concepts. Among the Catholic groups compared, significantly higher levels of performance are associated with Northern European college-bound students whose families have resided in America for more than two generations. No difference in college aspirations was noted between "newcomers" and "oldtimers." (BC)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Research Council of America, Cleveland, OH.
Identifiers: Educational Research Council of America; Ohio; Ohio (Cleveland); Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal
Note: Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pasadena, California, February, 1969.