ERIC Number: ED206775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Psychological Characteristics and the Achievement of Black Inner-City High School Students.
Parkay, Forrest W.
The study described in this paper examined certain personality factors and dispositions characteristic of two types of inner city black high school students: those who achieve and those who fail to achieve. Interviews with eight black students from a ghetto high school in Chicago were analyzed. This analysis revealed six dichotomies which seemed to stand out in the behavior of inner city black students. The successful students demonstrated the latter characteristic in each of the following pairs: (1) "presentness" vs. realistic future orientation; (2) impulsivity and affective action vs. thoughtful reflection; (3) peer group conformity vs. independence; (4) nonconforming vs. conforming response to school demands; (5) negative vs. positive perceptions of authority; and (6) self contradiction and ambivalence vs. self confidence and autonomy. Excerpts from interviews with students are included in the paper. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, 1981).