National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)


School, work, and home experiences; Educational resources and support; Role in education of parents and peers; Neighborhood characteristics; Educational and occupational aspirations; Student perceptions; Self-reports on smoking, alcohol and drug use and extracurricular activities; Reading, mathematics, social studies, and science achievement

Students who were 1988 eighth-graders, and their parents, teachers, and school administrators. Data were collected in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000.

Selected publications include:

  • Gregoire, M., & Algina, J. (2000). "Reconceptualizing the Debate on School Climate and Students' Academic Motivation and Achievement: A Multilevel Analysis." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Griffith, J. (2000). "School Climate as Group Evaluation and Group Consensus: Student and Parent Perceptions of the Elementary School Environment." The Elementary School Journal, 101(1), 35-61.
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