Social Psychology of Education

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 1–18

Unraveling the race paradox of achievement and self-views

  • Collette P. Eccleston
  • Joshua M. Smyth
  • Leonard M. Lopoo
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11218-009-9106-2

Cite this article as:
Eccleston, C.P., Smyth, J.M. & Lopoo, L.M. Soc Psychol Educ (2010) 13: 1. doi:10.1007/s11218-009-9106-2

Abstract

Considerable evidence indicates that African American students achieve less academically than European American students. Yet, African American students hold more positive self-views than their European American counterparts. Previous studies that address these seemingly paradoxical findings focus on students in a relatively narrow age range and/or convenience samples. Therefore, the current study examines two common explanations for these seemingly paradoxical findings, among a large and diverse sample of African American and European American students (N = 1, 493) from elementary to post-secondary school and across the socioeconomic spectrum. Results indicate that among a diverse group of students and conceptualized in two different ways, African American students do not devalue academics. However, African American students are more likely than European American students to discount academic feedback.

Keywords

Racial achievement gap Discounting Devaluing 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Collette P. Eccleston
    • 1
  • Joshua M. Smyth
    • 1
  • Leonard M. Lopoo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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