Counterstereotypic Identity Among High-Achieving Black Students

14(1) Perspectives on Urban Education

15 Pages Posted: 3 May 2018

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Vinay Harpalani

Savannah Law School; Drake University Law School

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Harpalani, Vinay, Counterstereotypic Identity Among High-Achieving Black Students (2017). 14(1) Perspectives on Urban Education. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3153154

Vinay Harpalani (Contact Author)

Savannah Law School ( email )

United States
2158734476 (Phone)

Drake University Law School ( email )

2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

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