Geographical mobility and academic achievement of a group of ninth grade junior high school students

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Mary Livingston Stegall (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Barbara James

Abstract: Geographical mobility has become a behavior pattern of the American culture. Each year millions of United States' inhabitants more from place to place, many crossing county and state lines. Over half of the population changed their place of residence between 1955 and I960 (U. S. Bureau of the Census, I960). When families move, school-age children are often uprooted and transferred to a different school system. Families such as those connected directly or indirectly with the military services more not only from place to place within the United States, but frequently from country to country. It has become increasingly rare for a child to be born and reared in the ancestral home, and to marry and raise his children in that same home. Theory has held that a change of residence might add to the insecurity of young people. They witness a home being dismantled, overhear adults worrying about finding a new place to lire, and suffer from having their daily routines badly disrupted. It is not surprising that proponents of this theory would expect relationships between mobility and high delinquency rates, high insanity rates, and other symptoms of maladjustments. Landis' (1966) surrey of 100 mobile California families revealed that this traditional view of the family move as an upsetting occurrence is not accurate for most middle class families today.

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Language: English
Date: 1966

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