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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and
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Cynthia Hudley and Adele E. Gottfried

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326819.001.0001

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Scholar Identity and Academic Achievement in African American Adolescents

Scholar Identity and Academic Achievement in African American Adolescents

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(p.221) 10 Scholar Identity and Academic Achievement in African American Adolescents
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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and Adolescence
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Olga M. Welch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326819.003.0010

This chapter presents a nine-year longitudinal study designed to discover how educationally disadvantaged African American adolescents, with the potential to attend college, began to classify themselves as “scholars”. The study specifically examined Project EXCEL (Encouraging Excellence in Children Extends Learning). The program was intended to promote athletic accomplishments rather than academic excellence with the premise that a scholar identity requires more than an academically enriched curriculum to assist marginalized students in achieving their full capacity. In addition, the program also helped students in addressing cultural stereotypes through a critical understanding of the school culture of the larger society. The examination of both the development of the scholar identity and the effect of that identity on students' motivation to achieve academically is presented as well.

Keywords:   African American adolescents, scholars, Project EXCEL, athletic accomplishments, academic excellence, cultural stereotypes, school culture

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