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ERIC Number: ED049864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Pages: 272
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A Study of the Effect of Socioeconomic Factors on the School Achievement of Spanish-Speaking School Beginners.
MacMillan, Robert Wilson
A model of inquiry was designed to test the correlation between certain socioeconomic variables and school achievement of Spanish-speaking 1st-graders in San Antonio, Texas. For analyses of these variables as predictors of achievement and attendance, 305 Mexican American children were used; 5 Mexican American, 4 Negro, and 3 Anglo schools were also used in testing the correlation between ethnic group membership and attendance. Results of analyses, using multiple linear regression techniques, were (1) that independent variables of parent's occupation, child's school attendance, preschool experience, IQ, and pretest scores were significant achievement predictors and that, combined, the variables of parent's occupation, family size and organization, preschool experience, pupil's sex, and school attendance were more significant achievement predictors than was IQ; (2) that none of the foregoing independent variables was a significant attendance predictor; and (3) that analysis of attendance in relation to ethnic group membership, using temperature and precipitation as concomitant variables, indicated that weather has a more negative effect on attendance of Mexican Americans and Negroes than of Anglos--probably due to lack of proper clothing and medical care. Additionally, a demographic study was done on Spanish-surnamed families in the Southwest; results indicated Mexican Americans to be socioeconomically below Anglos and Negroes and in danger of falling further behind. (This document is Supplement No. 1 to a dissertation previously announced as ED 026 217.) (LS)
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Note: Doctor's dissertation submitted to the University of Texas, Austin