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ERIC Number: EJ923306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0191-491X
The Impact of Socioeconomic versus Linguistic Factors on Achievement Gaps between Hebrew-Speaking and Arabic-Speaking Students in Israel in Reading Literacy and in Mathematics and Science Achievements
Zuzovsky, Ruth
Studies in Educational Evaluation, v36 n4 p153-161 Dec 2010
The study intends to choose between two alternative explanations for the low attainment of Arabic-speaking students in reading literacy who participated in the PIRLS (2006), i.e., one that relates to lower socioeconomic conditions in the Arabic-speaking sector, and another that relates to the diglossic situation in Arabic. After controlling for the effect of socioeconomic factors using Ancova, the achievement gaps in reading literacy between Arabic-speaking and Hebrew-speaking students in favor of the former, although decreased, remained large, while in mathematics and science, considered to be less affected by diglossia, the achievement gaps in favor of Hebrew-speaking students disappeared and even reversed. These findings supported the explanation that the Arabic diglossia is probably the main cause of the low reading attainment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel