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Frederick J. Morrison, Heather Bachman, and Carol Connor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106459

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106459.001.0001

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Sociocultural Factors

Sociocultural Factors

(p.19) 2 Sociocultural Factors
Improving Literacy in America

Frederick J. Morrison

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the impact of sociocultural factors, including socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity in shaping the early development of literacy in children. It begins by discussing the three indicators of socioeconomic status: parental income, education, and occupational status. Next, it examines the context of poverty and family relations. The nature and sources of racial and ethnic differences in the academic achievement of students are also examined. Finally, the chapter presents a comparison among Asian, Native Hispanic, and American students in terms of academic achievement.

Keywords:   sociocultural factors, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, literacy, poverty, family relations, academic achievement, Asian students, Native Hispanic students

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