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ERIC Number: ED380774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of the Relationship between Birth Order and Reading Achievement among Seventh and Eighth Graders.
Vurdien, Rajen
A study examined the underlying relationships between birth order and reaching achievement. Subjects were 269 students attending a suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, senior high school who took the Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT) in the spring of their seventh- and eighth-grade years. One way, two way, and multiple analyses of variance were used. Results using the scaled scores on the MAT indicated that: (1) first-born children performed significantly better than those not first-born; (2) first-born females performed significantly better than males who were not first-born; and (3) first-born in two-children families performed significantly better than last born of families of more than two children. However, there was a discrepancy between scaled and raw scores--scaled scores appeared to inflate the raw scores by making differences appear larger in number. Findings suggest that there is as yet no need to group children by birth order because there was no significant difference in the reading achievement of children of different birth orders when raw scores were used. (Contains 47 references and nine tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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