African-American Teens Discuss Their Schooling Experiences / Edition 1

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Overview

For decades, researchers and policymakers have grappled with the issue of the underachievement of African American students. An age-old problem has been that these students on average lag behind their peers of other racial/ethnic groups in math, science, and reading. Recently, California, like some other states, has implemented a high-stakes standardized testing program that has revealed that when test scores are disaggregated along racial/ethnic lines, the scores of African American students continue to trail those of their peers.

The study described in this book was undertaken in an effort to uncover schooling practices that are advantageous or detrimental to the achievement of African American students. The study was based on interviews and questionnaire results from nearly 300 African American high school seniors. Most of these students resided in a region that had a low college attendance rate and a high child poverty rate. The students were given an opportunity to discuss numerous issues pertaining to their schooling experiences, including teacher attitudes and expectations, the curriculum, homework practices, the quality of services provided by their high school counselors, racism at school, school safety, parental involvement, and their early reading habits and attitudes about reading. In addition to quantitative results, most chapters include detailed narratives describing the elementary and secondary schooling experiences of the interviewees.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897898430
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GAIL L. THOMPSON is Assistant Professor, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Elementary School Experiences

Elementary School as a Precursor to Subsequent Schooling Experiences

Early Reading Habits and Attitudes About Reading

Elementary Teachers

Elementary Course Work and Homework

Middle School Experiences

Middle School Issues

Middle School Teachers

Middle School Course Work and Homwork

High School Experiences

High School as an Ending and a Beginning

High School Teachers

High School Course Work and Homework

Other Issues

Attitudes About College and Future Plans

Racism at School

School Safety

Parent Involvement

Conclusion

References

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    Finally Quality Research about African-American Students

    I must say that in all my years in education, 21 plus my own schooling years, I have never seen a work with real, meaningful data about what African American students think and say about school. The author provides data to reinforce what is said in this book. It should be a must read for all new teachers and those without clear credentials.

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