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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Educational Development
Title The achievement of indigenous students in Guatemalan primary schools
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Volume 27
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 61 -
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VD7-4M57H4V-2/2/2a936a6b039bb6ccd3e1d69fb3744746
Abstract
This paper analyses the difference in academic achievement between indigenous and nonindigenous children that attend rural primary schools in Guatemala. The gap ranges between 0.8 and 1 standard deviation in Spanish, and approximately half that in Mathematics. A decomposition procedure suggests that a relatively small portion of the achievement gap is explained by differences in the socioeconomic status of indigenous and nonindigenous families. Other results are consistent with the notion that school attributes play an important role in explaining the achievement gap. The paper discusses several explanations--such as the lack of bilingual education--that are consistent with the empirical findings.

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