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ERIC Number: EJ787326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
Beyond Self-Concept and Self-Esteem for African American Students: Improving Racial Identity Improves Achievement
Grantham, Tarek C.; Ford, Donna Y.
High School Journal, v87 n1 p18-29 Oct-Nov 2003
While it is recognized that self-concept and self-esteem affect the academic achievement of students, few publications have focused on the affective and psychological needs of students who are gifted and ethnically or culturally diverse. In this article, we extend the discussion of self-concept and achievement by focusing on how racial identity development affects the achievement of gifted African American students. We argue that few efforts, designed to improve gifted Black students' achievement and social-emotional well-being, will be successful until educators focus specifically on their racial identity. While we acknowledge that a focus on racial identity is necessary for all African American students, we are most concerned in this article with gifted Black students because so few have been identified as gifted. Along with describing racial identity development and issues facing gifted African American students, we offer solutions for change. (Contains 3 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Language: English
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