Title page for ETD etd-10042002-103859


Type of Document Dissertation
Author McGinnis, Marvin Harris
URN etd-10042002-103859
Title Challenges Of Studying Attributes Associated With African American Males Who Are Not Successful With Testing Measures
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Chair
Dixon, Benjamin Committee Co-Chair
Crockett, Jean B. Committee Member
Dawson, Christina M. Committee Member
Driscoll, Lisa G. Committee Member
Keywords
  • African American Males
  • Student Achievement
  • high-stakes tests
Date of Defense 2002-09-20
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
CHALLENGES OF STUDYING ATTRIBUTES ASSOCIATED WITH AFRICAN

AMERICAN MALES WHO ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL WITH TESTING MEASURES

by

Marvin H. McGinnis

Steve R. Parson, Committee Chair

Benjamin Dixon, Committee Co-Chair

ABSTRACT

African Americans continue to perform significantly lower on high-stakes measures of educational achievement than do other ethnic groups. Osborn (1997) attributes this low performance by African Americans to their disidentification with the academic discourse. Ickes and Layden (1976), Metalsky, Abramson, and Peterson (1982), Finn (1989), and Belgrave, Johnson, and Carey (1992) relate the poor performance of African Americans to the manner in which they internalize/externalize negative and positive outcomes and the longevity of such outcomes being internalized, which they term locus of control. This study explores the variables of self-esteem, locus of control, test anxiety, reading ability, testing behaviors and the performance of African American males on high-stakes tests of educational achievement. Simultaneously, the study provides a reflection on the challenges faced by a practitioner when he studies an issue of critical concern in his own community.

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