Volume 19, Issue 4 (1990)
Differences in Students' Home Environments: The Need to Work With Families
Sandra L. Christenson
Educational competence in students is an outcome of interrelationships among student characteristics and complex factors in the school setting and the home and family environment. Ratings on nine educationally relevant aspects of the home environment were summed; differences in the home score among three categories of mildly handicapped students (EMR, LD, EBD) and nonhandicapped (NH) students were examined using analysis of covariance. Differences in home environments, independent of SES level, were found. Home environments for LD and NH students were rated significantly higher than home environments for EBD students. The need to support and work with families to increase the effectiveness of home learning environments is discussed.
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