Family Factors and Statistics Achievement: A Comparison of Greek Indigenous High School Students and Immigrants

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Greece is nowadays a notion of economic immigrants from ex-Soviet Union countries after the collapse of that state, Greeks originating from the Pontos and from ex-Soviet countries, Romanians, economic immigrants and political refugees from mostly eastern Islamic countries. The various cultures from these people affected their reactions in Greece as well as influence their children’s school achievement. For school-age children, the process of immigration frequently involves learning all curricula subjects in a new language. This study compare Greek indigenous high school students and immigrants students on the statistics achievement and on a series of family background factors such as mothers’ expectations, parental education, presence of study aids, living with different family members, and extracurricular time spent in various activities. Α sample of 453 Greek students and 475 immigrants took part in the study. The results of Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Path Analysis Principal Components Analysis indicate that students statistics achievement differentiate by demographic elements. In addition the results of this study reveal that immigrants have not acquired sufficient abilities in statistics. The results discussed with reference to similar findings in other studies in Greece and other countries. Implications for teaching in teacher education also discussed.

Keywords: Statistics Achievement, Greek Indigenous Students, Immigrants
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Family Factors and Statistics Achievement

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Lecturer, Department of Preeschool Education, University of Western Macedonia
Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a Master degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimetional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently a Lecturer of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published several papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.

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