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ERIC Number: ED152914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-31
Pages: 28
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Student Perceived Learning Environments in the Inner City.
Eash, Maurice J.; Rasher, Sue Pinzur
Student perceptions of learning environments in 15 inner city schools in a large public school system and 7 nationally distributed comparison schools are examined in this empirical exploratory study. The "My Class Inventory" was administered to fourth grade students in all schools on a pre and post test basis in order to examine changes over a one year period as well as differences among inner city, suburban, and rural student populations. The relationship between achievement and student perceived learning environment using the school as the unit of analysis was examined for the 15 inner city and 4 of the comparison schools. Results indicate that with very gross measures of achievement (grade equivalent scores), there is a confirmation of a relationship between learning environment and achievement for the 19 schools for which achievement data were available. Increased friction is found to be negatively correlated with higher achievement. Results of a regression analysis indicate that urban and inner city school students tend to show an increase in perception of friction, lower thought processes and higher thought processes; suburban school students perceive relatively less competitiveness in school. The gross lumping of schools by locational categories, urban, suburban, inner city is challenged by these data. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)