ERIC Number: ED447166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Protestant Work Ethic and Academic Achievement.
Warner, Stephen L.
The factor make-up of the Protestant Work Ethic, first presented by M. Weber, was explored, and the relationship between endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic and academic achievement was studied in a sample of 257 high school seniors. The independent variable was level of endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic. The dependent variable was academic achievement. A principal components factor analysis with varimax rotation was used to determine the factor makeup of the primary construct, Protestant Work Ethic. A Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient was calculated for level of endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic and each of the 17 measures of academic achievement. The factor analysis identified four factors: (1) effort/success; (2) hard work; (3) anti-leisure; and (4) asceticism. Results show that endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic was not significantly related to any of the ACT Assessment or Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills scores. Endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic was significantly negatively related to both Scholastic Assessment Test verbal and mathematics scores. Endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic was significantly positively related to grade point average (GPA)/ English, GPA/mathematics, GPA/social studies, and GPA/cumulative. Endorsement of the Protestant Work Ethic was not significantly related to GPA/science. (Contains 8 tables and 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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