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ERIC Number: ED516405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 144
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-1573-6
Differences in Self-Concept, Racial Identity, Self-Efficacy, Resilience, and Achievement among African-American Gifted and Non-Gifted Students: Implications for Retention and Persistence of African Americans in Gifted Programs
Kearney, Lakeisha Jourdan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Howard University
This comparative study investigated differences in self-concept, racial identity, self-efficacy, resilience, and achievement among African-American gifted and non-gifted students. Specifically, the study evaluated if gifted students are more resilient, report higher self-efficacy and self-concept, express differing attitudes of racial identity, and achieve at higher rates, compared to non-gifted students. Previous literature in this area has been limited to college-aged students and further studies are needed with school aged population. The study utilized a causal-comparative Ex-Post Facto design and separate t test and the Mann Whitney tests of independent samples to examine if there were significant differences between the scores of 37 gifted (n = 37/15 males and 22 females) students and 38 non-gifted students (n = 38/16 males and 22 females) students on the four measures: self-efficacy, resiliency, self-concept and racial identity. Analysis of the data indicated that students in the gifted sample scored higher on indexes of resilience, self-concepts and self-efficacy, as well as different racial identity levels. As expected, findings also indicated students in the gifted sample reported higher grades and GPA's than did the non-gifted sample. These findings are discussed in terms of implications for educational policy and service practices for school psychology to improve the retention and persistence in gifted programs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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