A study of culturally stimulating experiences of children living in homes in an environmentally deprived area of Winnipeg in relation to their school performance
Fallis, Margie Anne
This research project was designed to ascertain the variations in culturally stimulating experiences in the homes of a group of children whose school performance was satisfactory and a group whose school performance was unsatisfactory. Both groups of children were selected from schools located in an environmentally deprived area of the City of Winnipeg. The study was a descriptive study based on data with regard to a sample of 47 families of children in Grades 1 - 3, in the identified environmentally deprived area. The data was obtained by the administration of a schedule to the parent(s) of each of the children in the sample group. The study was an attempt to measure the variations in culturally stimulating experiences in the home, in four particular areas. These were visually stimulating experiences, verbal and language experiences, activites engaged in and interaction with adults. The findings revealed that in the area of visual stimulation there was no meaningful difference between the two groups of children - Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory. However, in the area of verbal experiences and the number of activities engaged in by the child, there was a tendency in favour of the group whose school performance was satisfactory. In the area of child-adult interaction there was a meaningful variation in favour of the satisfactory group. There was found to be a particularly significant variation in favour of the satisfactory group throughout the study in the areas of homework, reading and related experiences.