Many African-American high school students underachieve, drop out, and fail to pursue a higher education. A critical factor of academic achievement and students relationship to school, peers, family, their community, and the broader society is their academic orientation, which is the student s perception that education is or is not a path to succeed in American society. Previous studies have concentrated on why African-Americans adopt an adversarial academic orientation, while immigrant students incline toward a positive academic orientation. However, some African-American children manage to adopt a positive academic orientation and pursue educational success. In this study, I examine the relationship between academic orientation and ethnic identity formation. Most theories on ethnic identity are static ones, and do not fit into an accurate analysis of the African-American sample in this book. A dynamic concept of ethnicity is necessary to determine what social factors define these students'' academic orientation and achievement. This book provides a new perspective on racial identity formation and its impact on academic orientation for African-Americans.
AuteurPaula B. Fernandez
Academic Orientations of African-American Adolescents
A Study in Miami-Dade County, Florida
Paula B. Fernandez
Bezorgdatum:tussen dinsdag, 24. december en donderdag, 26. december