ERIC Number: ED359192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-18
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Working Status and Student Performance.
Winkler, Dorman F.; And Others
The effects of working and attending high school simultaneously on the academic achievement of students had more absences, and the effects of absences on achievement. Subjects were 130 juniors and 110 seniors, of whom 57 percent were working during the school year. Forty-six percent were male and 54 percent were female, and 86 percent were white and 12 percent were black. A survey was designed to obtain self-report data. Grade point average (GPA) and number of absences were obtained for all students. Data was analyzed with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. Many students were employed, with most averaging more than 20 hours employment per 7-day period. Personal desire and social pressure encourages many students to work, and some are supplementing the family income in a sluggish economy. For juniors, there was a relationship between number of hours worked and GPA. For seniors, the number of absences, not the hours worked, was the variable associated with GPA. Most juniors were still in core courses required for graduation, but many seniors have only English as a core course, with electives. Course schedules of seniors may better reflect their interests. The belief that the more hours worked, the lower the GPA, was not supported, although there was a noticeable effect for juniors. Four tables present study data. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Black Students, Correlation, Data Analysis, Grade Point Average, High School Students, High Schools, Part Time Employment, Student Employment, Student Interests, Time Factors (Learning), White Students
Lenoir-Rhyne College, Campus Box 7407, Hickory, NC 28603.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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