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ERIC Number: ED052884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Pages: 136
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Personality Traits and Academic Achievement Among Mexican-American Students.
Rogers, Dorothy
The purpose of the study was to gain empirical knowledge about the relationships between personality traits, level of acculturation, and achievement among Mexican American children as a base to determine appropriate strategies to improve school adjustment. Ninety Mexican American 8th-graders in San Antonio were assessed. Among the measurement tools used were the California Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills and Anderson and Evan's Language Usage in the Home Scale. The findings were that scores on the personality and achievement measures increased with acculturation; acculturation group differences on locus of control and achievement motivation were obscured by sex differences; an active coping style is related to high achievement in school for males more so than females; and acculturation and socioeconomic status, in combination, predicted significant amounts of variance in all achievement criteria and all personality criteria except achievement motivation. Results, in part, suggest that a future study include an achievement via conformance measure as a means of improving prediction of female achievement; that comparisons with Anglo groups would be strengthened by using an Anglo sample from the same schools as the Mexican American sample; and that a description of the reference group should be included with self-concept findings. Specific suggestions were made for developing internal control and achievement motivation. Measurement instruments are appended. (Author/JB)
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Identifiers - Location: Texas