ERIC Number: EJ818714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
Longitudinal Effects of Student Mobility on Three Dimensions of Elementary School Engagement
Gruman, Diana H.; Harachi, Tracy W.; Abbott, Robert D.; Catalano, Richard F.; Fleming, Charles B.
Child Development, v79 n6 p1833-1852 Nov-Dec 2008
Working within the developmental science research framework, this study sought to capture a dynamic and complex view of student mobility. Second- through fifth-grade data (N = 1,003, predominantly Caucasian) were drawn from a longitudinal study, and growth curve analyses allowed for the examination of mobility effects within the context of other factors that put children at risk, including behavior problems and family stress. School changes predicted declines in academic performance and classroom participation but not positive attitude toward school. Time-varying factors such as peer acceptance and teacher support had a positive influence on the growth trajectories of child outcomes. Additionally, teacher support had a particularly strong influence on positive attitudes toward school among children who had more school changes.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Academic Achievement, Grade 5, Student Mobility, Peer Acceptance, Longitudinal Studies, Elementary Education, Learner Engagement, Child Development, At Risk Students, Family Environment, Stress Variables, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED510558