Date Approved

7-3-1997

Embargo Period

8-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall S.

Subject(s)

Academic achievement; Birth order; Sex differences in education; Third grade (Education)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine that there was no significant correlation between the effect of gender and birth order on reading and mathematics achievement among third grade students.

The sample in this study consisted of students in a third grade class, in a public elementary school in a suburban school district in southern New Jersey. The sample was comprised of forty randomly selected students from two third grade classes in the school. Twenty students were female, and twenty students were male.

Interim report cards were used as the instrument to determine achievement in reading and mathematics. The determination of birth order ranking was obtained by asking the students where they fit in order of their siblings.

A chi square table was used to analyze the data and determine if there was a significant relationship between gender, birth order and achievement in reading and mathematics.

The results of this study indicated that there was no correlation between the effect of gender and birth order on reading and mathematics achievement among third grade students. Therefore, the null hypothesis cannot be rejected.

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