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ERIC Number: ED071823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Pages: 49
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The Effects of Living in an Isolated Mining Camp on the Learning Ability of Poor and Non-Poor Students in a Second Grade Class in Keokee Elementary School, Keokee, Virginia.
Sweet, Pat
The purpose of this study was to test the learning ability of a class of second graders in a mining camp in Southwest Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. On the basis of family income, 20 second-grade children (12 boys and 8 girls) were divided into 2 groups--poor and non-poor. The children were tested during the third 6 weeks and again during the sixth 6 weeks of the school year 1969-70 to see the progress in reading, math, language, spelling, and intelligence. Girls' and boys' scores were compared for any sex differences between the 2 groups. The results of the study showed there were no significant differences between the poor and non-poor groups or between the sexes in achievement and intelligence. However, it was concluded that social class was a better indication of performance than sex. The study pointed out the need for comparative studies between Appalachian children and children in other parts of the United States. It also pointed out the need for information on the specific learning problems of the Appalachian child, such as probable visual and auditory discrimination. (HBC)
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia