ERIC Number: EJ1048435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
The Associations of Intergroup Interactions and School Racial Socialization with Academic Motivation
Byrd, Christy M.
Journal of Educational Research, v108 n1 p10-21 2015
School racial climate is an important aspect of the school environment that can have significant implications for youths' development. However, existing research is limited by conceptual and methodological concerns that restrict the ability of researchers and educators to identify "what" about and "how" the racial climate is important. The author addresses existing limitations by articulating school racial climate as a multidimensional construct composed of interpersonal interactions and school racial socialization. The sample consists of 99 Black middle and high school students who completed surveys on their perceptions of the school racial climate and their belonging, competence, and intrinsic motivation. The results showed, for example, that perceptions of more positive cross-race interactions were associated with greater belonging, and perceptions of colorblind messages were associated with lower competence. Overall, the study demonstrated the utility of a multidimensional approach to school racial climate and supported existing research on the importance of climate for adolescents' motivation.
Descriptors: African American Students, Middle School Students, Secondary School Students, Socialization, Student Motivation, Student Diversity, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Educational Environment, Racial Relations, Interpersonal Competence, Racial Bias, Interpersonal Relationship, Multicultural Education, Urban Education, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Peer Acceptance, Factor Analysis, Path Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan