ERIC Number: ED120315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Study of the Educational Achievement of Migrant Children. Summary Report, December 1975.
deLemos, Marion M.
The aim of this study was to obtain objective information on the school achievement of non-English speaking migrant children randomly drawn from three primary grade levels, and to identify some of the factors, such as home background, that are related to their achievement in school. Information on home background was collected by means of interviews of non-English speaking parents, and a questionnaire for those who speak English. Some of the areas covered in the interview and questionnaire include language usage in the home, educational level and work histories of mother and father, and the parents' aspiration for the child's future education and career. The main findings was that there are marked and consistent differences in performance between English and non-English speaking children. Differences in socioeconomic status and other background variables that were likely to be related to school achievement were also noted. Yet despite these, there were no noted significant differences in general ability among the children with over five years of residence in Australia. No differences in achievement on the concept development and arithmetic tests between the children at the higher levels of the primary school were noted. The results indicate that there were no differences in the potential achievement of Australian and non-English origin migrant children and that differences on the language based school achievement tests could be overcome by appropriate educational programs. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Cultural Background, Educational Needs, Educational Problems, Elementary Education, Ethnic Groups, Family Characteristics, Grade 2, Grade 4, Grade 6, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Migrant Problems, Minority Groups, Non English Speaking, Parent Background, Socioeconomic Background, Student Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers - Location: Australia