A Study of the Difference Between the Achievement of Latchkey Children and Non-Latchkey Children
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education
Childhood Education and Family Studies
This study was conducted to determine first, whether or not there was a difference between the achievement scores of latchkey children and non-latchkey children. Secondly, within the group of latchkey children, whether girls or boys showed a difference in their achievement scores and in both cases which direction the change occurred. The subjects for the study were thirty-six latchkey children. The variables for the study were the yearly given California Achievement Test given to grades one, three, and six; and the Criterion Referenced Test given yearly to grades two, four, and five. The data were analyzed using the Chi-Square technique and after finding the standard deviation of the latchkey girls and latchkey boys, attaining a T-Value for the comparison. The statistical analysis conducted indicated that there was a significant difference in the achievement of latchkey children and non-latchkey children. Latchkey girls showed higher achievement than latchkey boys but not at an educationally significant level of difference.
Elementary Education and Teaching
© Teresa Carroll
Carroll, Teresa, "A Study of the Difference Between the Achievement of Latchkey Children and Non-Latchkey Children" (1986). MSU Graduate Theses. 446.