Black American Students' Achievement in the Suburbs

Black American Students' Achievement in the Suburbs : Academic Success through Family Engagement

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This volume reframes the negative national conversation around educational deficits and academic achievement of Black American students. Echoing John Ogbu's Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb (2003), this volume provides positive counterstories of Black students' and parents' engagement and negotiation through elite suburban public school systems in the face of structural and personal marginalization. These stories bring to light the importance of academic achievement and cultural identity, supportive social networks, managing peer socialization, and working with caring, engaging teachers. The volume then offers practical strategies for addressing racial inequalities that can be used by families and school staff to produce lasting positive changes in equity and opportunity, and close the achievement gaps in growing racially and socio-economically diverse school districts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138860204
  • 9781138860209

About Vilma Seeberg

Vilma Seeburg is Associate Professor of International-Multicultural Education at Kent State University, OH, USA.
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Table of contents

Part I: Black American K-12 Achievement 1. Once More, Explaining the Achievement Gap 2. Missing, the Voices of Black American Families Part II Family Stories 4. Negotiating with Peers 5. Moving on Up to the Suburbs 6. Families' Perceptions of Schools and their Expectations 7. Answering Enduring Questions, Querying Long-held Explanations 8. Summary Part III Implications 9. Practical Strategies for Family, School, and Community
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