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Shaping Schooling Success: Religious Socialization and Educational Outcomes in Metropolitan Public Schools

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Abstract:

This paper analyzes religious socialization as it relates to schooling success. I propose and test a multilevel model of involvement in church activities as providing integration and motivation toward schooling success among metropolitan U.S. public high school sophomores. Results indicate that respondents' participation in church activities is related to heightened educational expectations, and that these more intensely religious students score higher on standardized math/reading tests, even while controlling for variables that often show religious effects to be spurious. The hypothesis that church involvement's effect varies by ecological context–it being a better predictor for students in poorer neighborhoods than average or wealthy neighborhoods–was not supported.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/0021-8294.00030

Publication date: 2000-09-01

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