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ERIC Number: EJ889133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Religion and Habitus: Exploring the Relationship between Religious Involvement and Educational Outcomes and Orientations among Urban African American Students
Barrett, Brian
Urban Education, v45 n4 p448-479 Jul 2010
Large, lingering, and recently widening gaps in educational achievement exist amid growing differences in access to educational opportunity along lines of race and socioeconomic status among American students. Recognizing these gaps and developing strategies for eliminating them is essential. Previous research has documented a positive relationship between religious involvement and a wide range of adolescent outcomes. Most importantly, for the purposes of this article, these outcomes include educational resilience, attainment, and achievement. However, relatively little is known about the factors behind the relationship between religious involvement and educational outcomes especially for those students most often marginalized within the mainstream education system. This article seeks in particular to explore the influence of religious involvement on the educational outcomes of urban African American adolescents. It draws primarily on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Christian Smith in constructing a theoretical framework employed in the qualitative analysis of interview data illustrating some mechanisms by which religious involvement can serve to promote positive educational outcomes among these students. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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