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ERIC Number: ED546061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2675-8200-3
Success Factors Identified by Academically Successful African-American Students of Poverty
Cooler, Meredith
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Liberty University
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore why some low-income minority students were academically successful in school using a three-tiered approach to research including individual student interviews, classroom observations, and photographs and follow up interviews on photographs to identify factors contributing to academic success. Twenty-five students in grades 3-8 meeting the criteria of African-American, low SES, and high achieving were selected and interviewed to identify factors contributing to their academic success as measured by Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress testing. The study participant responses were compared and discussed through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT), however, the data did not support the tenets of CRT as there was little discussion of race or racism during the study. Through the three-tier process themes were developed supporting academic success. Themes included positive feelings about school, internal locus of control, and having a significant role model. The findings indicated that the majority of the students attributed these themes to their success in school. Recommendations for future research were made and implications for practice were discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 6; Middle Schools; Grade 5; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
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Language: English
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