ERIC Number: EJ746399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Achievement of Indigenous Students in Guatemalan Primary Schools
McEwan, Patrick J.; Trowbridge, Marisol
International Journal of Educational Development, v27 n1 p61-76 Jan 2007
This paper analyses the difference in academic achievement between indigenous and nonindigenous children that attend rural primary schools in Guatemala. The gap ranges between 0.8 and 1 standard deviation in Spanish, and approximately half that in Mathematics. A decomposition procedure suggests that a relatively small portion of the achievement gap is explained by differences in the socioeconomic status of indigenous and nonindigenous families. Other results are consistent with the notion that school attributes play an important role in explaining the achievement gap. The paper discusses several explanations--such as the lack of bilingual education--that are consistent with the empirical findings.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Rural Schools, Socioeconomic Status, Family (Sociological Unit), Bilingual Education, Children, Elementary School Students, Educational Environment, Student Needs, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Guatemala