ERIC Number: EJ899747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
It Takes a Village (Perhaps a Nation): Families, States, and Educational Achievement
Heuveline, Patrick; Yang, Hongxing; Timberlake, Jeffrey M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n5 p1362-1376 Oct 2010
Research in the United States has shown that children growing up in 2-parent households do better in school than children from single-parent households. We used the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) data to test whether this finding applied to other countries as well ( N = 100,307). We found that it did, but that the educational gap was greater in the United States than in the other 13 countries considered. Results from 2-level hierarchical linear models demonstrated that international differences in the educational gap were associated with several indicators of national policy and demographic contexts. No single policy appeared to have a large effect, but several policy combinations were associated with substantially reduced educational gaps between children from different family structures.
Descriptors: Family Structure, Educational Attainment, Academic Achievement, One Parent Family, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Trends, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Achievement Gap, Correlation, Public Policy, Foreign Countries, Trend Analysis
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