ERIC Number: EJ853456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
"I Am because We Are:" Collectivism as a Foundational Characteristic of African American College Student Identity and Academic Achievement
Carson, Leslie R.
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v12 n3 p327-344 Sep 2009
This study extends current research on African American college student achievement by focusing on collectivism, a key characteristic of African American racial identity. Collectivism serves as the framework for analysis of students' beliefs about the purpose of higher education, conceptualization of their roles and responsibilities as students, and the ways that students measure academic success within the context of a predominantly White university. Given that a conflict between students' background and the culture of the university environment can exist, the findings offer educators insight into the unique experiences and achievement aspirations of African American college students and strategies to effectively mentor and support them.
Descriptors: African American Students, Academic Achievement, Racial Identification, College Students, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Educational Attitudes, Higher Education, Role, Academic Aspiration, Mentors, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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