ERIC Number: ED188125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Twenty Lives Revisited: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Literacy on the Occupations and Schooling of Students Who Were Low Reading Readiness in First Grade (1964-1978)--With Special Attention to Model, Motivation, Interest, Perseverance, and Pressure.
Newman, Anabel P.
As part of a longitudinal study, student and parent interviews were conducted to collect data on the research question, "What is the impact of literacy on the occupations/schooling of 20 1976 high school graduates who had been classified as low readiness students in the first grade?" Of the 20 students originally in the "Twenty Lives" longitudinal study, only 18 could be contacted for this followup. Based on the new data, it seemed possible for individuals to enter school with less than auspicious beginnings and still succeed. Many of the participants in this followup study were doing quite well in achieving their personal goals and aspirations, even though they all had been classified as low readiness students in the first grade. It appears that the impact of literacy on the occupations and schooling of these young people has been considerable and, for the most part, positive. In addition to such tangible variables as socioeconomic status, parental education, school environment, or health, many less tangible variables--model, motivation, interest, perseverance, and pressure--have been equally important in affecting the development of these individuals from childhood through young adulthood. In fact, the results of this study suggested that these intangible variables, rather than being peripheral, may indeed be crucial to the occupational and educational achievement of low readiness students. (The investigator's accounts of parent and student interviews, and appendixes of forms, instruments, and transcripts used in this followup study are included.) (RL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Research, Followup Studies, Learning Readiness, Literacy, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Prediction, Reading Attitudes, Reading Habits, Reading Interests, School Readiness, Student Development, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related document see CS 005 483. Not available in paper copy due to poor reproducibility.