Family Factors and Statistics Achievement: A Comparison of Greek Indigenous High School Students and Immigrants
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
Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou
Lecturer, Department of Preeschool Education, University of Western Macedonia