2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference


Success Indicators of African American Achievement
Erin E. McCarthy♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

A key issue in education currently is the "achievement gap"--that is, the gap between African-American and white achievement. The purpose of this project is to study the academic success of two high-achieving African American 6th grade students. Through observing, recorded interviews, and a survey from the national research of Dr. Ron Ferguson of Harvard, the students and I worked to identify what factors, both at school and outside of school, contribute to their success. By comparing the students' data with Dr. Ferguson's data, I sought to discover the consistencies between these two students and the African-American population at the same middle school, hoping to discover and articulate the implications for classroom teachers regarding the achievement gap.



Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 5-1
Location: OP 2121
Time: 8:15 am

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