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ERIC Number: ED516771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 128
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-3592-5
Kasserian Ingera (And How Are the Children)?: An Exploration of the Relationship between African American Middle School Males, Reading, and Discipline
Brown, Shelmon Nicole
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Inspired by the mighty Masai warriors, Rev. Dr. Patrick T. O'Neill (p. 2) delivered a sermon centered around the traditional Masai greeting, "Kasserian Ingera (And how are the children)?" This study uses Kasserian Ingera as the primary question and attempts to shed light on the relationship between literacy and discipline as measured by out-of-school suspensions, and how this impacts African American students' success. A binary logistic regression found reading performance is statistically significant and highly correlated with suspensions for African American middle school males, particularly at third and eighth grade, but does not serve as an adequate predictor of suspension. Essentially, the odds of being suspended are relatively equal for African American middle school male students of all reading levels at each of these grade levels. SES, however, does predict suspensions, with students in the highest economic category least at risk for suspension, and all levels below the highest bracket are at greater risk for suspension than the highest income bracket. In general, poorer students are at greater risk for suspension. [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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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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