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Late development between the ages of 11 and 14

Hewitt, E. A. (1955) Late development between the ages of 11 and 14. Masters thesis, Durham University.



The thesis is concerned with pupils who on the evidence available at 11+ are rightly refused entry to a grammar school, but subsequently prove capable of profiting academically from education in such a school. Some recent researches are examined, and it is concluded that claims for highly successful prognosis at 11+ are not fully borne out by the evidence presented. An investigation in a boys' grammar school is reported. Over three years, this school admitted 10% of the age group at; 11 + , and a further 4% from the 12+ - 14+ age groups. Selection at 11+ was made on the basis of three equally weighted Moray House tests, but were not used for final selection. The failure rate for 11+ entrants, judged by third form results, is 25%, the same as for the late entrants. Among the latter were 32 who fell below the lower limit of a borderzone designed to include 95% of those whose true totals in the selection examination might have been equal to the pass mark. The failure rate for these sub-border-zone late entrants is also 25%, and some are judged to be potential university entrants. The successful sub-borderzone late entrants are numerically equal to 12% of the 11+ intake. Some of the most successful would still not have been admitted at 11+ even if the primary school assessments had been used in the selection procedure. This, with the average (uncorrected) 11+ - 14+ correlation for normal entrants of 0.355, emphasises the need for transfer facilities from secondary modern schools in the area. It is suggested that in the area concerned a verbal weakness, later remedied, is a common cause of the failure at 11+ of pupils who subsequently succeed in the grammar school.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Education
Thesis Date:1955
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:14 Mar 2014 16:33

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