Counterstereotypic Identity Among High-Achieving Black Students
14(1) Perspectives on Urban Education
15 Pages Posted: 3 May 2018
Date Written: 2017
This Article examines how racial stereotypes affect achievement and identity formation among low income, urban Black adolescents. Specifically, the major question addressed is: how do high-achieving Black students succeed academically despite negative stereotypes of their intellectual abilities? Results indicate that high-achieving Black youth, compared to high achievers of other ethnicities, view intelligence as a more flexible as opposed to fixed entity and place greater salience on intellectual abilities. Additionally, high-achieving Black males place less salience on sports involvement than marginally-achieving Black males. Implications of these findings are discussed from a developmental psychology perspective.
Keywords: achievement, racial stereotypes, identity formation, African American students
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