ERIC Number: ED257655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Effective Schools: Characteristics of Schools Which Predict Mathematics and Science Performance.
Spade, Joan Z.; And Others
Literature on school effects is inconclusive regarding which characteristics of schools are important to study. The research reported in this paper, which explores the effects of schools on mathematics and science performance, alters prior models in two ways. First, the schools are examined in terms of the school context, that is, whether the student body is predominantly of high ability or low ability. Second, differential effects upon individual students of different ability levels are also considered. Empirical analyses using the High School and Beyond data find that schools do influence mathematics and science performance, primarily through their influence upon the taking of mathematics and science courses. Of particular importance are the curricular organization created by the school and the academic encouragement given to the student. Furthermore, these effects of schools are clearer when the context of the school and the relationship of the student to the school environment are considered. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
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