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ERIC Number: EJ1110367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Cross-Sectional Predictors of "Risk" for School Failure
Petridou, Alexandra; Karagiorgi, Yiasemina
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v39 n4 p365-382 2016
Since school failure has detrimental effects on students and on society, education policy needs to address students "at risk," and support them to reach their potential. This study used data from the longitudinal national Programme for Functional Literacy (PfL) conducted in Cyprus to identify students "at risk" and aimed to explore the factors with cross-sectional effect on the risk in mathematics and language, and the contribution of the school to the presence of risk across two assessment waves. Hierarchical logistic regression analyses were employed, involving student-level and school-level variables. For both competencies, from demographic predictors, only gender is found consistently associated with risk across both waves, while from attitudinal variables, students' confidence, sense of belonging in school and general views regarding parental involvement. With regard to family-related variables, the total number of books at home and the mother's educational level are also found consistently associated with the risk. The contribution of the school to the risk reaches 7-9% for mathematics and 6-13% for language along the two waves. Implications for research and policy directions are further drawn, in particular the need to further explore variables, not included in the models of this study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
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