The transition to high school for academically promising, urban, low-income African American youth
Newman, B.M.; Myers, M.C.; Newman, P.R.; Lohman, B.J.; Smith, V.L.
Adolescence 35(137): 45-66
ISSN/ISBN: 0001-8449 PMID: 10841296 Accession: 047749042
In nine urban Ohio school systems, low-income minority students identified as academically promising in sixth grade are eligible to participate in an intervention program. In the present study, twenty-two African American students in the program were asked to provide their perceptions of the transition to ninth grade. Specifically, the role of motivating factors, peers, school, teachers, parents, and neighborhood were examined. These students faced similar stressors, yet some were more able to achieve academic success. Results highlight the salience of mothers, the challenges of the ninth-grade curriculum, and adjustment to a bigger, more complex school environment for high and low performers. The implications for improving cooperation between school and family are discussed.