Publication Date

8-1-1996

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts

Abstract

While research in same-age classrooms has found a significant relationship between peer relations and school adjustment, little is known about the contribution peer relations makes to school adjustment in the mixed-age classroom. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the contributions that peer acceptance, social status, social behavior, and age relative to classmates make to children's attitudes toward school and their achievement in mixed-age (ungraded) primary classrooms. Children's attitudes toward reading, math, and science were positively related to reading, math, and science achievement scores. Children's achievement could be predicted from children's attitudes toward school and peer relations variables. In addition, differences within social status classifications were related to attitudes toward school and to achievement in school.

Disciplines

Education | Psychology