Cultural expression and Black Students attitudes toward high achievers

Assessed Black childrens’ academic attitudes toward four high achieving students. Participants preferred those students who achieve via attitudes and behaviors congruent with African American cultural values. The children also predicted their parents and Black peers would prefer as they did. Suggests that such students may find themselves at odds with classroom demands geared toward learning in the mainstream cultural modes.

Author(s): Sankofa, B. M., Hurley, E. A., Allen, B. A. & Boykin, A.W.
Publication: Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary & Applied, Vol. 139(3), pp. 247-259
Year: 2005

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The impact of learning orientation on African American childrens attitudes toward high achieving peers

Ninety Black children completed a measure of attitudes to- ward students who achieve via mainstream or African American cultural values. Participants rejected the mainstream achievers and embraced the Afro-cultural achievers. Moreover, they expected their teachers to embrace the mainstream achievers and reject those who achieved through high-verve behavior.

Author(s): Marryshow, D., Hurley, E. A., Allen, B. A., Tyler, K. M. & Boykin, A.W.
Publication: The American Journal of Psychology. Vol. 118(4), pp. 603-618
Year: 2005

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Communal vs. individual learning of a math-estimation task: African American children and the culture of cooperative learning contexts

Compared the performance of African American 5th-grade students who studied a math-estimation task across learning contexts that differed in the degree to which they afforded the expression of communalism. Posttest performance was best for students who studied in the high communal-learning context. The findings support the contention that the cultural context of learning can be a critical mediator of children’s performance

Author(s): Hurley, E. A., Allen, B. A. & Boykin, A.W.
Publication: Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary & Applied, Vol. 139(6), pp. 513-527
Year: 2005

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Culture-based perceptions of academic achievement among low-income elementary students

Black and White students read scenarios depicting hypothetical classmates achieving success through the cultural themes of individualism, competition, communalism, or verve. African American students were significantly more accepting of communal and vervistic high-achieving peers than European American students. European American students endorsed individualistic and competitive high achievers significantly more than African American students.

Author(s): Boykin, A.W., Albury, A., Tyler, K. M., Hurley, E. A., Bailey, C. T. & Miller, O. A.
Publication: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 11(4) pp. 339-350
Year: 2005

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