What the Achievement Gap Conversation is Missing

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Abstract

There is a persistent achievement gap that persists between students of color and their white counterparts. This is a national crisis and is one of the biggest problems facing American society. However, this research should consider two phenomena regarding the gap: adolescent perceptions of racial discrimination and racial identity. Among African American youth, perceptions of discrimination have been negatively linked to diminished achievement motivation, grade point average and school engagement. Yet, racial identity has been shown to be an effective protective factor for perceived discrimination in relation to academic achievement. Thus, addressing the achievement gap requires consideration of these two complex constructs for African American youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-277
Number of pages3
JournalReview of Black Political Economy
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Achievement gap
  • Adolescence
  • African American
  • Perceived discrimination
  • Racial identity

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  • Cultural Studies

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What the Achievement Gap Conversation is Missing. / Seaton, Eleanor.

In: Review of Black Political Economy, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2010, p. 275-277.

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