ERIC Number: ED252635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School Experiences and Performance of Asian American High School Students.
Peng, Samuel S.; And Others
A study of the high school experiences and performance of Asian Americans found them to be performing well in school, with average test scores in math and science as high as those of White students. The data showed the Asian Americans to be more committed to academic excellence. Compared to other students, they took more academic courses, spent more time on homework, and were less likely to be absent or late for school. It is possible that Asian American students have higher educational aspirations as a result of parental expectations and pressures, and therefore set their goals early. However, recent immigrants had much lower scores than white students in verbal skills and this could hamper them from progressing in certain careers. Thus, programs must be developed to improve the verbal skills of Asian American students in general and of recent immigrants in particular. An important finding is that while family background is a major factor in student achievement, it is not more important than school experiences in determining student learning. (RDN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984), and the East Coast Asian American Education Conference (5th, Washington, DC, 1984).