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ERIC Number: EJ1215716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
High-Achieving African American Elementary Students' Perspectives on Standardized Testing and Stereotypes
Wasserberg, Martin J.
Journal of Negro Education, v86 n1 p40-51 Win 2017
This study uses a theoretical framework rooted in stereotype threat theory to investigate the perceptions and experiences of high-achieving African American students at an urban elementary school that had implemented a test-centered curriculum. The investigation utilized data from six focus group interviews conducted with a purposefully selected group of four African American fourth grade students, supplemented with data from 30 hours of classroom observations. Findings revealed four themes regarding how high-achieving African American children perceive their educational experiences at the school: (a) a narrow perception of education as test preparation, (b) feelings of anxiety related to the state test, (c) a concern with what White people think, and (d) the rejection and acceptance of stereotypes. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test