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ERIC Number: ED432370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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Going to Primary School in a City or in a Village: Does It Make Any Difference?
Van den Bergh, Bea
Part of a large-scale investigation into the nature and quality of living conditions and competence of 6- to 12-year-olds in the Flemish community and Brussels-Capital region of Belgium, this study compared the experiences of children attending school in a village with those of children attending school in a city. Participating were 1,798 children from 68 primary schools. Over 96 percent of the students were from 2-parent families. In 67 percent of families both parents were gainfully employed. Data were obtained from questionnaires completed by all students and by 69 percent of the parents and 90 percent of the teachers. The findings indicated that in city schools the teacher was stricter than in village schools. Compared to children in the village schools, children in city schools had to do more work, but had more time to play; they were also teased more, felt more comfortable with their parents and were less angry with their fathers; felt more competent with regard to social competence, athletic competence, physical experience, behavioral conduct, and global self-worth. Children in villages more often played outside and visited friends' homes to play than city children. One-third of children felt that their parents do not have sufficient time for them and one-half of the parents agreed. (The children's questionnaire and nine data tables are appended. Contains 22 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium