José Francisco Soares JOSE FRANCISCO SOARES Ana Cristina Murta Collares ANA CRISTINA MURTA COLLARES

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SOARES, José Francisco  and  COLLARES, Ana Cristina Murta. Family resources and cognitive performance by primary school students in Brazil.Translated byJosé Francisco Soares,  Ana Cristina Murta Collares. Dados [online]. 2007, vol.3Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0011-5258.

This article discusses the processes by which family structure affects students' cognitive performance in Brazilian schools. The article's basic premise is that family influence is not a uni-dimensional construct, and the study thus uses four dimensions to capture such influence. The effects of these factors on students' performance are measured through a school attainment analysis model. The data are compatible with a model in which the parents' involvement acts as a mediating factor for the action of cultural resources, which in turn depend on economic resources, which have only indirect effects on students' cognitive performance in primary school.

Keywords : scholastic performance; family effect; school effect.

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