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ERIC Number: ED502795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Closing the Educational Achievement Gap between Blacks and Whites: Nobody Wants to Be Black
Scott, Austin L.; Kronick, Robert
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This research study attempts to explain the educational achievement gap between blacks and whites, the factors that cause the achievement gap, the consequences of the achievement gap for the black race, and possible solutions to the achievement gap. The data collected for this study has shown that the educational achievement gap between blacks and whites on the collegiate level is influenced by high school completion with a diploma, family structure, and parental involvement; and that dire consequences can possibly be the result for the individual who does not possess a college degree. The data also has shown that external influences such as the media and music industry have made an appreciable impact on the educational achievement gap between blacks and whites. The influence they have is exerted in being a malefactor of education and a promoter of alternative methods of acquiring income by associating African-Americans with gangs, drug-dealing, poverty, and success in sports. They accomplish this through their depictions of blacks on cable television shows, commercials, and music videos. (Contains 7 figures.) [This research was presented at: the State of the Black Union: Black Issues Conference (Knoxville, TN, February 10, 2007); Annual Ronald McNair Summer Research Conference (14th, State College, PA, July 28-30, 2006); and Annual Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP) National Scholars Research Conference (12th, July 7-9, 2006).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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