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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
In this book Marjoribanks clearly stands with the environmentalists in the ”nature vs. nurture” controversy over inequalities in children's academic achievement. He examines the relation between various dimensions of family environments, attitudes toward school, and the academic performance of eleven year old children from different Australian ethclasses, i.e., groups that are horizontally stratified according to social status, while at the same time vertically stratified into ethnic groups. By examining data from six Australian ethclasses (Anglo-Australian middle social-status families; and Anglo-Australian, English, Greek, Southern Italian, and Yugoslavian lower social-status families), Marjoribanks finds that differences in family learning environments are related to ethclass differences in children's academic achievement.
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