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INTELLIGENCE AND COMPULSIVE PERSONALITY TRAITS AS MEDIATORS IN THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE COLLECTING HOBBIES TO ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR EIGHTH AND NINTH GRADE STUDENTS

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Date Issued:
1986
Summary:
A large number of individuals in the United States engage in the hobbies of stamp collecting and coin collecting. These recreational activities have long been believed to enhance academic learning for children although there has been no empirical evidence to support this belief. The question examined in this study was whether eighth and ninth grade collectors differ from noncollectors in academic achievement and, if such a difference were to be found, to what extent could it be explained by differences in intellectual levels and degrees of compulsivity. To answer this question a multivariate analysis of covariance procedure was employed, with group membership (collector versus noncollector) being the independent variable. The dependent variables were California Achievement Test scores for Mathematics and Language skills. The covariates were intellectual level and degree of compulsivity, represented by several factor scales from the High School Personality Questionnaire. The results of this study indicated that the collector group scored significantly higher in academic achievement than did the noncollector group. This difference was diminished when the influence of the covariates was removed, but it remained statistically significant. Suggestions were offered as to how future research might more clearly delineate the relationship between collecting and academic achievement.
Title: INTELLIGENCE AND COMPULSIVE PERSONALITY TRAITS AS MEDIATORS IN THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE COLLECTING HOBBIES TO ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR EIGHTH AND NINTH GRADE STUDENTS.
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Name(s): CAHILL, WILLIAM P., author
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Ceros-Livingston, Patsy, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1986
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, FL
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 85 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: A large number of individuals in the United States engage in the hobbies of stamp collecting and coin collecting. These recreational activities have long been believed to enhance academic learning for children although there has been no empirical evidence to support this belief. The question examined in this study was whether eighth and ninth grade collectors differ from noncollectors in academic achievement and, if such a difference were to be found, to what extent could it be explained by differences in intellectual levels and degrees of compulsivity. To answer this question a multivariate analysis of covariance procedure was employed, with group membership (collector versus noncollector) being the independent variable. The dependent variables were California Achievement Test scores for Mathematics and Language skills. The covariates were intellectual level and degree of compulsivity, represented by several factor scales from the High School Personality Questionnaire. The results of this study indicated that the collector group scored significantly higher in academic achievement than did the noncollector group. This difference was diminished when the influence of the covariates was removed, but it remained statistically significant. Suggestions were offered as to how future research might more clearly delineate the relationship between collecting and academic achievement.
Identifier: 11876 (digitool), FADT11876 (IID), fau:8799 (fedora)
Degree granted: Thesis (Educat.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1986.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Education
Subject(s): Child collectors
Academic achievement
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