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ERIC Number: EJ830884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
What Does it Mean to Be African American? Constructions of Race and Academic Identity in an Urban Public High School
Nasir, Na'ilah Suad; McLaughlin, Milbrey W.; Jones, Amina
American Educational Research Journal, v46 n1 p73-114 2009
In this article, the authors explore variation in the meanings of racial identity for African American students in a predominantly African American urban high school. They view racial identity as both related to membership in a racial group and as fluid and reconstructed in the local school setting. They draw on both survey data and observational data to examine the nature of racial identity meanings for African American students, their relation to academic engagement and achievement, and how they were fostered by the school context. Findings show that students embraced (and were offered differential access to) different meanings of African American racial identity and that these meanings were differentially related to achievement and engagement. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California