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ERIC Number: EJ1161393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Exploring the Influence of Efficacy Beliefs and Homework Help in Predicting Reading Achievement among Underserved Children in an Afterschool Program
Lee, Diane Sookyoung; Dang, Tina G.; Ulibas-Pascual, Jennifer; Gordon Biddle, Kimberly A.; Heller de Leon, Brian; Elliott, Deborah; Gorter, Josiah
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v49 n5 p707-728 Dec 2017
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a local afterschool program in helping underserved elementary school students improve their reading achievement. The study followed a cohort of students with 28 participants who were low-income, ethnic minority children in the 1st-6th grades between the ages of 6 and 12. Data on students' developmental assets and school progress were collected at two different time points. Overall, students showed increased perceptions of efficacy about having the ability and skills to do well on a task and getting good grades in school, as well as improvements in reading achievement over time. While changes in homework completion predicted changes in reading achievement, changes in efficacy beliefs and program exposure did not. Results suggest that teacher perceptions of homework completion may be an important pathway through which afterschool programs can help narrow the reading achievement gap experienced by ethnic minority students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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