ERIC Number: ED186510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Family Functioning and Children's Achievements in School.
Shamgar-Handelman, Lea; Belkin, Ruth
The study described in this report was conducted to test the connection between patterns of organization and functioning of individual Afro Asian families in Israel and the achievement of their children in formal educational settings. The 177 working class families studied were mostly from Morocco, Iraq, and Iran and lived in neighborhoods considered to be disadvantaged. A family score was calculated for each family, consisting of a numerical expression of the overall academic achievement of all its children. The following components of family life were examined and compared to the family score in order to determine their relationship to children's school performance: (1) life style, including religious self definition and family rituals; (2) organization of space within apartments and privacy allotted to various family members; and (3) organization and use of manpower, including the household division of labor. General findings may be summarized as follows: (1) there is a connectlon between the organization and functioning of individual families and their children's academic achievements; (2) input of family members in activities directly related to schooling (homework, teacher contact, etc.) has less influence on children's achievement than do other activities less directly related to school; and (3) the more organized and efficient the family unit, the higher the children's achievement in school. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Research Inst. for Innovation in Education.; Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel). School of Education.
Identifiers: Afro Asians; Israel (Jerusalem)