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English proficiency and peer interethnic relations as predictors of math achievement among Latino and Asian immigrant students.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22959129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Studies show math achievement to be the best predictor of entering post-secondary education. However, less is known about the predictors of math achievement, particularly among immigrant youth. This study examined English proficiency and peer interethnic relations as predictors of mathematics achievement among Latino and Asian high school students, postulating an interaction between the predictors and mediation by academic motivation. A multilevel moderated-mediation model was used to analyze data from a national sample of 2113 non-native English speaking Latino and Asian students attending high school in the U.S. We found that higher academic motivation mediated the relationship between English proficiency during their sophomore year and gains in senior math achievement scores for both Asian and Latino students. For Latino students however, this indirect path was only significant for students whose perceptions of positive peer interethnic relations at school were average or above average.
Alice N Barrett; John P Barile; Esther K Malm; Scott R Weaver
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-09-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of adolescence     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1095-9254     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-05     Completed Date:  2013-05-10     Revised Date:  2013-12-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7808986     Medline TA:  J Adolesc     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1619-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Americans*
Educational Measurement*
Emigrants and Immigrants*
Hispanic Americans*
Interpersonal Relations*
Longitudinal Studies
Mathematics / education*
Peer Group*
United States
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