ERIC Number: ED389587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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Family Configuration and Motivation of African American High School Students.
Presmeg, Norma C.; And Others
Consonant with the current concern for achievement of minority students, the two action research projects described in this paper use interviews and case studies of 10 African American high school students to address some issues related to motivation in the learning of mathematics, particularly as this motivation concerns aspects of the family structures of which these students are a part. The data support the suggestion found in the literature that high motivation to learn mathematics is more readily achieved in African American students from two-parent homes. However, motivating factors are complex; among other factors, a negative role model effect is described in contrast to the motivating effect of a relationship with a caring adult who values mathematics learning. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.