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Black Students' Perspectives On Academic Success, Melanie-Anne P. Atkins Jul 2012

Black Students' Perspectives On Academic Success, Melanie-Anne P. Atkins

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This thesis investigates the academic achievement of Black high school students. It employs a theoretical framework of social constructivism grounded in anti-racism to conduct five case studies of achieving black Canadian high school students to examine how these students managed to achieve in the midst of a system that predicts their failure. I asked three questions: (1) What factors do achieving black Canadian high school students identify as being helpful to their academic achievement? (2) How do these students perceive their racial identities? (3) What is the significance of these students’ racial identity at school? I found that these students ...