ERIC Number: ED204862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Does Feeder School Make a Difference in Junior High Achievement and Attitudes? PREPS Research Project, 1979-80.
Abram, Marie J.
The elementary schools attended by students may affect their attitudes toward and academic performance in junior high school. Eighth grade students attending a junior high school in Kentucky in 1980 were asked to indicate how they felt about junior high school before they entered the seventh grade and what their attitudes were by the end of the eighth grade. Their performances on the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills in the sixth grade and in the eighth grade were compared to determine changes in academic performance. Analysis showed that students from different feeder schools had different degrees of academic preparedness for seventh grade. Where preparedness was roughly equal, the feeder school attended related significantly to reading comprehension and science scores in the eighth grade. Among areas where preparedness varied, only learning gains in vocabulary and total test battery scores were related significantly to feeder school attended. The school attended related significantly to 6 of the 24 measured attitudinal items indicating pre-junior high school feelings. Changes in these attitudes during the first two years of junior high school related to feeder school attendance in only two cases. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills