ERIC Number: ED441040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Educational Consequences of Mobility for California Students and Schools. Research Series.
Rumberger, Russell W.; Larson, Katherine A.; Ream, Robert K.; Palardy, Gregory J.
This study examined three important aspects of student mobility (incidence, consequences, and causes) as they apply to students and schools in California, especially at the secondary level. The study drew on an extensive set of data on California students, parents, and schools that included surveys of 1,114 8th graders followed over 6 years as part of the National Education Longitudinal Study, surveys of 10th graders in 56 schools (part of the High School Effectiveness Study), interviews with 19 mobile high school students and their parents, and interviews with 32 educators. Mobility rates of California students are generally higher than elsewhere in the United States. Almost 75% of California students made unscheduled school changes between grades 1 and 12, compared to 60% of the rest of the United States. Student mobility is prevalent among all ethnic and immigrant groups in California. Overall, only half of high school changes result from changes in family residence. In fact, students themselves often initiate changes at the high school level. Findings indicate that students suffer psychologically, socially, and academically from mobility. Mobility also has effects on classrooms and schools that must deal with mobile students. Some suggestions are made for reducing student mobility and coping with it when it does occur. An appendix contains tables of study data. (Contains 12 tables, 13 figures, and 67 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Cited: ED548546