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ERIC Number: EJ794210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0741-9325
Poor, Black, Learning Disabled, and Graduating: An Investigation of Factors and Processes Associated with School Completion among High-Risk Urban Youth
Murray, Christopher; Naranjo, Jason
Remedial and Special Education, v29 n3 p145-160 2008
This qualitative investigation examines factors and processes associated with high school graduation in a high-risk urban context. Participants include 11 graduating seniors with learning disabilities, all of whom are African American from low-income backgrounds. These youth are interviewed on multiple occasions to determine how protective factors and processes contribute to their school persistence. Case studies of these youth indicate that there are a number of important factors and processes that they believe contributed to their ability to complete high school in an environment where approximately 80% of youth fail to complete school with their incoming freshman class. Broad themes associated with school persistence among these youth include individual, family, peer, and teacher factors. Specific processes underlying these themes are examined, and the implications of these findings for teachers and other school professionals are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A