ERIC Number: ED278508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Achievement Levels of Eighth Graders from One Parent Homes with Those from Two-Parent Homes.
Taylor, Dollie Walton
This study tested whether a significant difference exists between academic performance scores of eighth grade students from one-parent homes and those from two-parent homes in the areas of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and English. School records pertaining to academic achievement, and free-lunch applications were used to collect data. Findings showed no sigificant difference in the total sampling population when all subjects were compared. Generally, the number of parents in the home was found to be statistically insignificant. Major significant differences found in the data centered on the sex of the parent. Academic achievement was found to be significantly related to father's presence in the home. In the cases of math and science, sex of child was a determinant of academic achievement. No significant relationship was found between academic achievement and family status in the total population, but slight significant differences were found between groups. Findings suggest that teachers should not expect students from one-parent homes to be low achievers. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, English, Family Structure, Fathers, Grade 8, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mathematics, Mothers, Nuclear Family, One Parent Family, Parent Influence, Reading, Sciences, Sex Differences, Social Class, Social Studies, Stereotypes
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Sarasota.