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    Distance and direction of internal residential movements of the aged in Wichita from 1949 to 1954
    (Wichita State University, 1956-08) Brown, Helen Maxine; Cowgill, Donald O. (Donald Olen), 1911-
    The American population is aging. A larger proportion of our population is living in the later years of life than ever before, and it is going to increase. The present study represents the attempt to expand what is known about this age group, about whom so little is really known. It was aimed to understand the nature of the moves by older people in a large city.
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    Patterns of internal residential movement of population in Wichita, Kansas, 1920-1950
    (Wichita State University, 1955-05) Brown, Lecil; Cowgill, Donald O. (Donald Olen), 1911-
    Our society is an urban society. As a nation, we have made the transition from rural to urban in less than fifty years. Perhaps no other trend has had such a profound effect on our way of life as the trend toward increasing urbanization. The modern city is a product of a complexity of geographic, economic, cultural, and social factors. A superficial look at the city reveals only a structure of streets, blocks, business places, and residential buildings. The individual seems lost in the maze. But upon closer observation the city is found to exhibit definite patterns. It is toward a better understanding of one of these, the patterns of intra-city population mobility, that this study of Wichita, Kansas is directed.
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    The effects of parental involvement and home resources on student standardized test scores
    (Wichita State University, 1997-05) Plickert, Gabriele; Wright, David W.
    This thesis studies the effects of parental involvement and home resources on students' standardized test scores. The National Educatipnal Longitudinal Study (NELS:88) has been employed using a holistic approach that includes structural and individual level factors which capture greater multidimensionality and provide for larger sample sizes (24,674), making it possible to control for several sub-groups. The findings indicate postive effects for the impact of parental involvement and home resources on students' academic success. However, parents' socioeconomic status has been identified as a major influential factor for students' academic achievement. Along with socioeconomic status, family size related to academic success was not supported. Since social status is the most important factor, family size, family structure, as well as home resources became less important when controlling for social class. In conclusion, the findings give a more holistic view about parental involvement factors which underlie certain entities that are related to social and economical issues.
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    Trends in organized service groups for rural youth, Sedgwick County, Kansas, 1920-1940
    (Wichita State University, 1941-05) Gebhardt, Guy T.
    Purpose of the study. The purpose of this study is to survey the situations and trends of the organized groups among rural and small town young people, and to find answers to such questions as: What activities and programs appeal to village and country youth? What organizations and agencies are effectively working in this field? How has the rapid and extensive development of group work affected the established institutions of school and church? How effectively do the organized cooperate, which are now working with youth--is there duplication , over-lapping and over looking?
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    A study of 4-H club work in the United States, in Kansas, and in Sedgwick County, Kansas
    (Wichita State University, 1934-05) Garthune, William M.; Bakkum, Glenn A.
    The purpose of this study is to present, as a general background, a short history of the 4-H club movement in the United States and Kansas, and then present a more detailed history of the 4-H club development in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
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