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ERIC Number: EJ774560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Does Repeating a Year Improve Performance? The Case of Teaching English
Morrison, Keith; No, Anna Ieong On
Educational Studies, v33 n3 p353-371 Sep 2007
This paper examines whether having school students repeat a year improves their performance, focusing on learning English as a foreign language. It takes students' English examination results from five years from a Chinese-medium school, together with data on their learning styles and learning strategies. Drawing on local cultural and pedagogic factors, the study finds that repeating a year, far from improving scores, homogenizes the results of males and females, and, while finding a small but statistically insignificant rise in the scores of females, is detrimental to the performance of males. Repeating a year either makes no difference or a negative difference to results. It is suggested that repeating a year reproduces, sharpens and potentiates gender differences in learning and performing in English as a foreign language, and that repeating a year is the medium and outcome of gender inequality. Implications are drawn for practice. (Contains 6 tables, 3 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Macau
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strategy Inventory for Language Learning