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ERIC Number: EJ1054376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0574
African American Students' Perceptions of Differential Treatment in Learning Environments: Examining the Moderating Role of Peer Support, Connection to Heritage, and Discrimination Efficacy
Brittian, Aerika S.; Gray, DeLeon L.
Journal of Education, v194 n1 p1-9 2014
This study examined the relationship between African American students' perceptions of differential treatment by teachers and educational outcomes, and the factors that promote these outcomes in the context of perceived discrimination, focusing on the protective value of youth's cultural heritage, as well as individual characteristics. The participants, 385 African American students (50% female), were interviewed at 8th and 11th grade. Results indicated that early experiences with differential treatment predicted declines in importance of schooling and academic self-concept from 8th grade to 11th grade. Peer social support emerged as a protective factor such that, differential treatment was negatively associated with academic self-concept only for those who lacked strong peer support. Implications for promoting African American students' educational success in learning environments and directions for future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Secondary Education; High Schools; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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