ERIC Number: EJ924367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
The Influence of Communal vs. Individual Learning Context on the Academic Performance in Social Studies of Grade 4-5 African-Americans
Boykin, A. Wade; Lilja, Amy J.; Tyler, Kenneth M.
Learning Environments Research, v7 n3 p227-244 Sep 2004
Empirical research utilizing the communal learning construct suggests that culturally-informed pedagogy enhances academic performance for African-American children. The present investigation examined the effect of culturally-informed learning contexts on recall performance in geography lessons. The sample consisted of 69 African-American Grade 4-5 public school students. Weeks 1 and 2 consisted of both learning and testing phases. Week 3 consisted only of a testing phase. Analyses of variance techniques revealed that, overall, subjects in the communal learning context performed significantly better on each of the two weekly quizzes and on the comprehensive examination than those in the individual learning context. Limitations of the findings and future research directions are discussed.
Descriptors: African American Children, Context Effect, Testing, Academic Achievement, Grade 4, Grade 5, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5
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