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ERIC Number: ED254344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Family Environment and School Achievement: A Cross-Cultural Comparison in a British Midlands Town.
Ferdman, Bernardo M.; And Others
An investigation was made of possible ethnic differences in academically relevant environmental variables in order to help account for ethnic differences in achievement (in particular, West Indian underachievement) in a town in the British Midlands. Questionnaires were completed by the parents of 35 West Indian, 33 Indian, and 43 nonminority middle school pupils. Academic indices included scores on the Young Nonreaders' Intelligence Test, on reading, and on the National Foundation for Educational Research Verbal Reasoning Tests (twelve-plus exam). Family environment variables included parental relationships with the school, "press for English," long range educational aspirations and expectations for the child, academic environment, and the child's after-school activities. Although ethnic groups differed in academic achievement (West Indians did less well than both Indians and nonminority children), they did not differ on family environment variables with the exception of satisfaction with the child's school and educational aspirations and expectations. Environmental factors were generally related to achievement, but controlling for environmental factors using a hierarchical regression model did not attenuate ethnic group differences on academic indices. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: England; West Indians
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984). Document may not reproduce well due to light, broken type.