Throughout the world, students of color experience failure in school for a variety of very complex reasons. They often do not receive the proper encouragement from teachers, they may lack the motivation necessary to excel in an academic environment, they usually face a number of demographic, socioeconomic and cultural factors that work against them, or their academic performance may not be measured properly. With contributions from scholars living in the U.S. and abroad, The Academic Achievement of Minority Students is a comprehensive work that provides fresh insights and practical strategies for addressing these problems in order to enhance minority student performance in school. The papers in this volume collectively cover the many issues affecting minority students from kindergarten through post-secondary education including the instructional and nonacademic factors that promote achievement or lead to attrition. Most importantly, the authors offer valuable prescriptions for advancing the learning opportunities of all students in the future.
Sheila T. Gregory is Director of Marketing and Public Relations and Assistant Professor of Higher Education / Educational Leadership at the University of Memphis. She is the editor of A Legacy of Dreams (University Press of America, 1999) and the author of Black Women in the Academy (University Press of America, 1999).
chapter 1 School Achievement of K-8 Students: Discrepancies Between Aspirations and Preparation of Low SES Elementary Students chapter 2 Family Involvement: Learning from Secondary Schools in the Texas Borderland chapter 3 Children's Math Self-Concept and Its Relationship with Mathematics Achievement chapter 4 Hopes Transcend Fears: School Transition in an Urban Cluster System chapter 5 A Cross-National Study of Children's Perceived Control: Its Dimensionality and Relationship with Achievement chapter 6 The ABC's for Effective Schools: Creating a Nurturing Environment to Enhance Learning chapter 7 Perspectives of African American Parents of High Achieving Students Regarding the Home-School Relationship chapter 8 Perspectives on High School Academic Performance: Cultural Differences in Self-Esteem: Ethnic Variations in the Adaptation of Recent Asian Adolescents chapter 9 Re-Engineering Academic Success Through Institutional Support chapter 10 The Persistence of African American College Students: How National Data Inform a Hopwood-Proof Retention Strategy chapter 11 Academic Achievement of Latino Immigrants chapter 12 Nurturing the Mind to Improve Learning: Teacher Caring and Student Engagement chapter 13 Predictors of Academic Achievement Among African American Adolescents chapter 14 Black Students' Academic Performance and Preparation for Higher Education chapter 15 Improving Learning in Post-Secondary Education: Creative Pedagogy to Enhance the Academic Achievement of Minority Students in Mathematics: Lessons from African American Mathematics Teachers chapter 16 Minority Student Persistence: A Model for Colleges and Universities chapter 17 Feasible Learning Opportunities for Urban Latino Students in Community Colleges chapter 18 Observing the Spirit of Resilience: The Relationship Between Life Experiences and Success in Higher Education for African American Students chapter 19 Improving Learning Outcomes for At-Risk Multicultural Community College Students chapter 20 Index