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Educational Psychology

Adolescents

Western Connecticut State University

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African American Adolescents’ Perceptions Of Their Learning, Instructional, And Relational Experiences, Melissa M. Jenkins Aug 2011

African American Adolescents’ Perceptions Of Their Learning, Instructional, And Relational Experiences, Melissa M. Jenkins

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This study was conducted to examine African American adolescents’ perceptions of their learning, instructional, and relational experiences to provide additional insight into how to eliminate the achievement gap. Research investigating the pedagogical experiences of African American adolescents’ is limited. A review of the literature suggested that the theories of pedagogy, culture, and motivation might inform our understanding of their achievement. A multiple-case design and methodological triangulation procedures were used to collect data from a stratified purposive sample of 12 African American eighth-grade students from an urban school district. The sample consisted of four high, four average, and four low achievers ...