The Effect of Socio-Economic Status of Eighth Grade Students On Their Achievement in Turkish

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Gelbal S.

EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, vol.33, no.150, pp.1-13, 2008 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier


This study aims to determine whether or not eighth graders' level of success in Turkish classes changes according to some variables such as their facilities at home, mothers' level of education, gender, and the number of brothers or sisters. In line with the aim of the research, a 25-item Turkish test and a questionnaire to specify the students' personal traits and views were designed and developed, and thus relevant data were obtained The research is concerned with all the eighth grade students attending the primary schools in Turkey. According to the findings, an increase in students' facilities at home caused an increase in their achievement; girls were better at verbal courses like Turkish; the level of mothers' education occupied an important place in children's success; mothers' high level of education along with high level of facilities increased achievement more; and higher number of brothers/sisters reduced achievement. In conclusion, convenient educational environment must be prepared at home, girls who would-be mothers must be facilitated to benefit from educational services to the maximum, and parents must have number of children at which they can afford to educate.