ERIC Number: ED203520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Surge and Decline: An Explanation of Electoral Participation and of Lower Income Student Participation in High School Organizations.
Lawton, Johnny; Roark, Chan
An attempt to increase academic achievement by increasing student participation in school organizations yielded mixed results. From 1975 through 1979, local school and community leaders used increased funds, staffing, and publicity to encourage involvement in school organizations in a predominantly black, low-income high school in the Dallas Independent School District. To determine the effects of participation, researchers compared the levels of student achievement and participation in the last funded year (1978-1979) with the levels from the following nonfunded year. The variables examined included student grade level, sex, academic achievement on standardized tests, and number and type of organizations joined. The results showed that participation dropped sharply when funding ended, especially among low achievers. Futhermore, achievement scores did not change significantly during the funded years, and a high correlation between levels of participation and achievement appeared only in the funded, not the nonfunded, year. Educators who attempt to raise achievement levels by raising participation levels are entering a complex and not fully understood area. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dallas Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).