ERIC Number: ED223324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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The Correlation Between Ordinal Position - First Born - and Academic Achievement of Elementary School Children.
Research shows that firstborn children tend to excel in academic pursuits in comparison to those born later in the family constellation. A disproportionately high number of firstborns are present at the college level, and they are also overrepresented in medical and graduate schools. Firstborns score higher than those born later on a variety of measures of ability and achievement. In school, in comparison to their younger siblings, they obtain higher grade point averages. Dimensions of the family configuration are thought to be important in explaining firstborns' generally higher achievement. However, most studies of firstborns' attainment are based on late teen or adult samples. If early familial experiences are a significant factor in the development of such differences, then birth order correlates would be anticipated at younger ages. Yet at present virtually no studies have investigated the effects of birth order on the academic achievement of students in first through sixth grades. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers: First Born
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