ERIC Number: EJ786901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Likeness, Comfort, and Tolerance: Examining African American Adolescents' Sense of School Belonging
Booker, Keonya C.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v39 n3 p301-317 Sep 2007
This study investigated sense of school belonging in a sample of 13 African American high school students. Findings suggest that students felt a stronger sense of connection to their school community when they perceived fewer differences between themselves and others in the school body. In addition, student responses revealed that feelings of comfort and tolerance were essential to personal descriptions of belongingness. Although, likeness and comfort were important when students discussed school belongingness, the same was not true of factors related to academic performance. Limitations of the study and directions for future work are addressed.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, African American Students, Racial Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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