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ERIC Number: ED141042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: N/A
Choices Not Circumstances: An Educational Needs Assessment for the Children of Arizona's Migratory Agricultural Workers. Volume I: Executive Summary.
Huss, John D.; And Others
The project provided the Arizona Migrant Child Education Program with the information needed to determine whether and to what extent the educational needs of Arizona's 10,000 migrant children were met by present educational programs. Examined were the population trends and characteristics, the educational assessment, the programs affecting the migrant families, and the relationship between societal conditions and the identified needs of migrant students in 1980. Data were obtained through on-site surveys of 233 migrant families, a battery of tests administered to 625 students, and interviews with 15 program administrators. This report summarizes the results, advances an action plan for meeting the needs of migrant students, and compares the results to those of an almost-identical study conducted in Florida. Findings included: the Arizona-based migrant farmworker work-force was predominantly Mexican American, with Other White being the second largest group; migrant students more often had economic needs and communication problems interfering with their education; deficiencies in the migrant student's achievement, though pronounced at age 7, became greater as he progressed through school; the 7- and 13-year-old migrants experienced the greatest deficiency in gross and fine motor development; former migrant students had a significantly greater likelihood of repeating a grade than nonmigrants; and Career Problem Solving was the only scale for which migrant students performed better than former migrant students. (NQ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Affective Behavior, Cognitive Development, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Economic Factors, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Mexican Americans, Migrant Education, Needs Assessment, Population Trends, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Psychomotor Skills, Self Concept, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Influences, State Programs, Student Needs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Dept. of Public Instruction, Phoenix. Div. of Migrant Child Education.; Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Compensatory Education.
Authoring Institution: Lewis (D. A.) Associates, Inc., Clinton, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Florida