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ERIC Number: EJ1021193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
"I Am Who I Am Because of Here!": School Settings as a Mechanism of Change in Establishing High-Risk Adolescents' Academic Identities
Brown, Elizabeth Levine; Kanny, M. Allison; Johnson, Blake
Journal of Early Adolescence, v34 n2 p178-205 Feb 2014
A growing body of research considers the role of school settings in supporting adolescents' social-emotional and behavioral development through instructional, social, and organizational practices (Eccles & Roeser, 2009). Recent lines of inquiry have begun to investigate individual aspects of the school setting and their influence in promoting positive academic outcomes and youth development (Shinn & Yoshikawa, 2008). These authors argue that, through an ecological lens, the school environment serves as a mechanism of change in supporting early adolescents' academic identities. By presenting evidence that the school plays a fundamental role in changing these high-risk, African American youths' academic perceptions, trajectories and aspirations, which led further to a 92% rate of students' matriculation to college, we introduce how school setting characteristics support these youths' conceptualizations of their academic identities. Moreover, this article addresses how our understanding of early adolescents' academic identities implicates future research and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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