ERIC Number: EJ874896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Unraveling the Race Paradox of Achievement and Self-Views
Eccleston, Collette P.; Smyth, Joshua M.; Lopoo, Leonard M.
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v13 n1 p1-18 Mar 2010
Considerable evidence indicates that African American students achieve less academically than European American students. Yet, African American students hold more positive self-views than their European American counterparts. Previous studies that address these seemingly paradoxical findings focus on students in a relatively narrow age range and/or convenience samples. Therefore, the current study examines two common explanations for these seemingly paradoxical findings, among a large and diverse sample of African American and European American students (N = 1, 493) from elementary to post-secondary school and across the socioeconomic spectrum. Results indicate that among a diverse group of students and conceptualized in two different ways, African American students do not devalue academics. However, African American students are more likely than European American students to discount academic feedback.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), African American Students, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Self Concept, White Students, Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Socioeconomic Background, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Racial Differences
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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