ERIC Number: ED328624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Black Students: Psychosocial Issues and Academic Achievement.
Berry, Gordon LaVern, Ed.; Asamen, Joy Keiko, Ed.
This collection examines the history and current status of the economic, political, social, and psychological factors that influence the academic achievement of low-income African Americans. The introduction, "Afro-American Students and Academic Achievement" (J. K. Asamen), outlines the historical development of black education and previews the studies included. The following chapters examine social and psychological factors: (1) "Prenatal and Postnatal Influences on Cognitive Development" (K. Sanders-Phillips); (2) "Motivation in Afro-Americans" (S. Graham); (3) "Defining Self-Concept as a Dimension of Academic Achievement for Inner-City Youth" (G. J. Powell); and (4) "The School Learning Environment and Academic Success" (J. Hale-Benson). The following chapters examine family and community factors: (5) "Inner-City Social Dislocations and School Outcomes: A Structural Interpretation" (R. A. Mickelson and S. S. Smith); (6) "The Community and Academic Achievement" (W. D. Parham and T. A. Parham); (7) "The Black Family and Academic Achievement" (L. E. Jenkins); and (8) "Academic Success and the School Dropout: A Minority Perspective" (R. Tidwell). The following chapters examine personal adjustment and programmatic factors in higher education: (9) "Race Consciousness Among African-American College Students" (M. L. Hall and W. R. Allen); (10) "Stress, Well-Being, and Academic Achievement in College" (S. L. Prillerman, H. F. Myers, and B. D. Smedley); and (11) "What Would We Do if We Really Loved the Students?" (E. Anderson). The following chapters examine psychological interventions and educational leadership strategies: (12) "Critical Leadership Mandates in Mainly Black Schools: Implications for School Performance and Achievement" (H. J. Scott); (13) "The School Development Program: A Psychosocial Model of School Intervention" (J. P. Comer); and (14) "Afro-Americans and Academic Achievement: Pathways to Excellence" (G. L. Berry). In the epilogue, "Unity in Diversity: Thirty-Three Years of Stress," C. M. Pierce discusses how race has influenced his professional accomplishments and status. Each study includes a list of references. (FMW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Education, Black Students, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Influences, Family Influence, Higher Education, Preschool Education, Psychological Patterns, Racial Factors, Social Influences, Urban Environment
Sage Publications, 2111 West Hillcrest Drive, Newbury Park, California 91320 (ISBN-0-8039-3664-8, hardcover, $36.00; ISBN-0-8039-3665-6, softcover, $17.95).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research; Books
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