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ERIC Number: EJ887260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1547-1888
Voices of African American Boys with Behavior Problems: Perspectives on Schooling
Bacon, Ellen; Jackson, Fran; Young, Kathryn
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v8 n1 p1-16 Nov 2005
The authors examined the perspectives of African American boys on topics related to culturally responsive teaching, cultural discontinuity, and differential treatment. Participants in focus group interviews were 19 elementary and middle school students identified as having emotional and behavioral disorders or chronic behavior problems. Transcripts of the taped interviews were coded and analyzed for common themes. Students described good and caring teachers as those who provided assistance to them, did not give up on them, made them behave, and helped them stay out of trouble. The students' beliefs about the importance of earning respect from their peers, the importance of standing up for themselves in physical and verbal challenges, and the lack of reliance on teachers to resolve conflicts are not consistent with expected school behaviors and put the students at risk for conflicts and misunderstandings. Attitudes toward academic achievement varied by school, with students from one of the middle schools saying their peers valued achievement and students from the other two schools reporting peer pressure not to achieve academically. Students reported being treated differently because of their label, reputation, and race. Involving students and their perspectives in developing culturally responsive schools are discussed as well as implications for teachers and school personnel. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A