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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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Cultural Mistrust, Academic Outcome Expectations, and Outcome Values Among African American Adolescent Males

Cultural Mistrust, Academic Outcome Expectations, and Outcome Values Among African American Adolescent Males

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(p.146) 7 Cultural Mistrust, Academic Outcome Expectations, and Outcome Values Among African American Adolescent Males
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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and Adolescence
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Miles Anthony Irving

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326819.003.0007

Research on student motivation has been a particularly robust area of study for examining student underachievement. Recent evidences show that African Americans as a group have continued to struggle with academic success over the last decades. The span of this problem is illustrated by findings that the underachievement of these students is equally problematic among urban and suburban students across the full spectrum of socioeconomic status. This chapter explores the relationship between the attitudes of these students towards school culture, academic motivation, and academic achievement. It also examines students' understanding of racism and racial inequity in schools and communities and how this undermines their value of educational success. This chapter also presents cultural mistrust and African Americans' experiences with racism and how these have created their skepticism toward institutions which reflect the dominant culture.

Keywords:   student motivation, African Americans, school culture, academic motivation, academic achievement, racism, racial inequity, cultural mistrust

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