Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Effects of Cultural Characteristics in School on Academic Engagement
Author:   Dwayne Donnell Williams
College:   Education & Human Services
Degree Program:   School Psychology, Ed.S.
Degree:   Education Specialist
Committee Director:   Stephen O'Keefe
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   05/03/2010

Many African American students who come from low-income backgrounds have not responded positively to the practice of traditional pedagogical instruction in America's schools. Because African American students are dropping out of school at alarming rates and because those who remain in school experience low grades, these students have received a tremendous amount of attention. Many theories have been proposed to explain the educational problems of African American students. This study examined the effect of cultural characteristics in school on academic engagement of low-income students. Correlation analysis indicated that Afrocentric cultural characteristics were not significantly correlated with academic engagement. Eurocentric cultural characteristics were significantly correlated with academic engagement (p<.001). 

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