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ERIC Number: EJ943037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Religiosity, Religious Schools, and Their Relationship with the Achievement Gap: A Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis
Jeynes, William H.
Journal of Negro Education, v79 n3 p263-279 Sum 2010
A research synthesis was conducted including three meta analyses, a review of the relevant literature, and supplemental analyses examining the relationship between personal faith and the reduction of the achievement gap. Personal faith included belief and adherence to any religion. The results of the three meta-analyses indicated that: (a) personal religious faith was one the two largest factors that consistently reduced the achievement gap: (b) personal religious commitment reduces the achievement gap by 50%; and (c) attending a religious school reduced the achievement gap by 25%. Supplemental analyses using a nationwide dataset added further significance to the findings. These analyses indicated that if an African American student was a person of faith and came from an intact family, the achievement gap disappeared entirely. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A