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Motivation and African American Students
An examination of achievement motivation among middle grade African American males.
# 38564 | 3,650 words | 10 sources | APA | 2002 | US

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This paper explores the concept of motivation among the African- American male in the junior high school environment. The paper defines and describes the socio-economic and educational factors that impact the motivational process in order to demonstrate what aspects of society can potentially impact the educational achievement of the African- American male student. The paper draws the conclusion that the community as a whole must become involved in the process of motivation.

Part I. Introduction
Part II. Middle Grade Teaching and Learning
Part III. Problems in Accomplishing Achievement Motivation
Part IV: Motivating the African- American Male Student
Part V: Discussion and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Similar to the nature of preparation for higher education, the concept of helping the middle school student develop enhanced social and academic discipline is a key goal of the junior high school process. In most academic environments, the student is provided with access to a wider set of peers (e.g.: an increased student body) and is demanded to conduct themselves with a greater sense of discipline in their coursework. Simply put, the student is placed within a more challenging environment and is required to conduct themselves with a greater sense of maturity than what was expected of their behavior in the elementary school environment. (Newman et al.: 2000)
"It is also of note that the middle school environment is also the environment in which students are now trained to participate in more rigid academic testing, and that the current demands upon students in the middle school environment are directed far more towards standards and following regulations than in the past. (Sacks: 1999) Participation of the African- American male within a standards- based testing environment is extremely controversial at the current time. It is regularly found in the research that the African- American male tends to perform worse in standardized tests than their peers of other races, or even African- American females. (Fordham: 1996)"

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