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How cultural deprivation affects the educational attainment of students.

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Introduction I will be examining how cultural deprivation affects the educational attainment of students. To gain the best results and produce a detailed analysis of results I take will only examine two ethnic groups, Indian and African Caribbean students. I will then be able to compare educational attainment and discover reasons why the two different ethnic groups have varied educational attainment levels. This is an important area of sociology as it appears to be the case presented by statistics showing how some ethnic groups under achieve compared to others. 2002 GCSE exam results showed how Indian students were among the top performing ethnic groups were as black African Caribbean students had the lowest levels of attainment. The concept of cultural deprivation will have will have many different aspects that I will need to consider. One form of cultural deprivation is that some students may receive less support from family then others for many reasons. Parents have other dedications such as work or look after other siblings. Some students may not need the motivation to do well from the family and may still do well. My aim will be to compare educational attainment of Indian and African Caribbean students. I will then try to establish a link between attainment levels and cultural deprivation. Objectives 1. Study educational attainment of ethnic groups and establish patterns. 2. Research previous or relevant studies that give information about family support. 3. Find out what forms of cultural deprivation are likely to affect ethnic minority students. 4. Come to a conclusion of the impact of family support on education attainment. I feel that there will be a strong relationship between levels of education attainment and cultural deprivation. However, I feel that there will be a number of different reasons why some ethnic groups are underachieving. Context Government figures from 2002 exam results show that Indian pupils had high achievement levels with 66% of Indian students achieving 5 or more A*-C GCSE grades. ...read more.


They will therefore be given the option to take part. If they are forced into participating, the data may become unreliable. Students will be reassured of the confidentiality towards their data and given the chance to opt out. If this decision is taken up, another student will be picked at random. It is also important for students not to see each others information. This could lead to many problems with the validity of data and confidentiality of data. Questionnaire Please can you fill out the questionnaire below to give data towards a sociological investigation into the effect of cultural deprivation on educational attainment. All information is kept confidential at all times. Thank you for your assistance. Sex: Male [ ] Female [ ] Which best describes you: Black African Caribbean [ ] Indian [ ] Other [ ] (If other, please end questionnaire) How many adults are there in your household? 1 [ ] 2 [ ] 2+ [ ] How many children are there in your household? 1 [ ] 2 [ ] 3 [ ] 4+ [ ] What is the approximate income in your household? Under �20,000 [ ] Under �30,000 [ ] �30,000+ [ ] Do you have a part time job? Yes [ ] No [ ] How do you feel about education? Education will lead to a successful career and is very important [ ] Education gives tools for life and is useful [ ] Education just delays getting a job [ ] Education is a waste of time and is not necessary [ ] What do you plan to do after your GCSE examinations? 6th form education [ ] College [ ] Other further education [ ] Job training [ ] Job [ ] Don't know [ ] In target setting day, what were you told? I am working above expected levels in most subjects [ ] I am working at expected levels in most subjects [ ] I am working below expected levels in most subjects ...read more.


Pakistani students also come from a similar background to Indian students but their performance varies. Qualitative research could be used to follow up my study. Rather than discovering how cultural deprivation affects educational attainment, qualitative data will help to open up reasons why cultural deprivation affects education attainment. Research methods such as lodging with families would be the most suitable. Observing aspects such as parental interest in families of different structures and ethnicities would further my research. Parental interest can be observed and measured in different ways such as the amount of times parents contact or visit their child's school. Another way in which parental interest can be measured is by observing the amount of times parents talk to their children about education. Another way in which my research can be followed up is by finding out the perspectives of parents. Data would again be qualitative so that opinions can be recorded in details. Parents from different ethnic groups, family structures and class can be interviewed. Parents can be asked "What do you feel about education" and the important statements that they make can be recorded. Connections can then be made between different genders, ethnic groups and family structures. Covert research may be used to follow up my research. Monitoring student while they know they are being watched may result in a change of behaviour. Covert research will mean that students actions will be recorded without them knowing. For my hypothesis, covert research could be used by researching the amount of parental interest of children's education. The amount of times parents visit the child's school could be recorded and compared to different ethnic groups. There are however serious ethical dangers when using covert research. Covert research may violate the privacy of those being studied and will violate the principles of informed consent. Covert research should only be used when there are no other means to find reliable data. Diary January - Carried out questionnaire. Interviewed 10 students each day to obtain data. Questionnaire was completed by respondents with help available if needed. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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