Real Effects of Attitudes about the Value of Education and Social Structure on the Black/White Academic Achievement Gap

Authored by: Ervin (Maliq) Matthew , Littisha Bates

The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472456762
eBook ISBN: 9781315612775
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044024


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Contemporary education research accepts as a given there is a direct and measurable effect of students’ attitudes on academic performance. For this reason, attitudinal factors are cited as a partial explanation for known racial and social class gaps (Pino and Smith 2004). Particularly, the effects of student attitudes on white-black disparities in grades and test scores has been discussed for several decades (including Ogbu 1978; Fordham and Ogbu 1986; Mickelson 1990; Ainsworth-Darnell and Downey 1998; Tyson et al. 2005; Harris and Robinson 2007; Harris 2011).

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