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ERIC Number: EJ892790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Teacher Ratings of Academic Achievement of Children between 6 and 12 Years Old from Intact and Non-Intact Families
Molepo, Lephodisa S.; Maunganidze, Levison; Mudhovozi, Pilot; Sodi, Tholene
Perspectives in Education, v28 n1 p44-51 Mar 2010
We investigated teacher ratings of the impact of parental divorce on academic achievement of children between 6 and 12 years old up to 12 months after their parents divorced. A purposive sample of 120 children attending four different primary schools in a small South African town took part in the study. One third (n = 40) of the children had experienced parental divorce (male = 14, female = 26) while two-thirds had not. Teachers rated participating children in their class on academic performance on the Conners rating scale ranging from 0 to 3. In addition, teachers obtained the average term score of each of the participating children in key academic areas, which were converted to the Conners scale for classification. Chi-square tests were used to analyse the data. Results showed that the academic performance of children from non-intact families within the age range of 6 - 9 was inferior to that of their counterparts from intact families suggesting that the experience of parental divorcee had a negative impact on children's academic achievement. It is recommended that future research compare teacher ratings with children's ratings on standardised tests.
Perspectives in Education. Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa. Fax: +27-51-401-7044; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Conners Teacher Rating Scale