ERIC Number: EJ820426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
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Family (Dis)Advantage and the Educational Prospects of Better Off African American Youth: How Race Still Matters
Gosa, Travis L.; Alexander, Karl L.
Teachers College Record, v109 n2 p285-321 2007
While the educational difficulties of poor black students are well documented and have been discussed extensively, the academic performance of well-off African American children has received much less attention. Even with economic and educational resources in the home, well-off African American youth are not achieving at the levels of their white peers. Why is this? A review of relevant literature identifies a set of social processes that pose formidable barriers to the academic and personal development of middle-class African American youth, the closing of the black-white achievement gap, and the preservation of African American family advantage across generations. Constituting a social ecology of African American family life, these processes emanate outward from the immediate home environment, through peers and friends, into neighborhoods and schools, and to society at large.
Descriptors: African American Students, Family Life, African American Family, Family Environment, Youth, Barriers, Achievement Gap, Middle Class, Social Environment, Racial Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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