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Fitting in Matters: Markers of In-group Belonging and Academic Outcomes

Daphna Oyserman

category: Research

tags: youth culture, racial identity, behavior, peer culture, social identity, youth

Conference

June 2007

Oyserman shares evidence that physical similarity to one’s racial-ethnic in-group has a bigger impact on academic attainment for boys than for girls.

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Hip-Hop and self-esteem

Ronald Ferguson

category: Research

tags: music, hip-hop, behavior, self-esteem, acting ghetto, black youth, youth culture, youth

Conference

June 2007

Ferguson discusses findings that self esteem is higher among young black males and females. The same is not true for non-blacks. His results highlight the influence of hip hop culture on identity formation and expression for black youth.

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Messages in the Music: How Rap Lyrics both Encourage and Discourage School Engagement.

Travis L. Gosa

category: Research

tags: music, hip-hop, youth culture, engagement, oppositional culture, youth

Conference

June 2007

Gosa presents evidence about the extent of anti-achievement messaging in hip-hop music developed from his content analysis of 30,000 lyrics between 1981 and 2005. He finds three main types of negative achievement-related messages.


How English Teachers Lead Students to Code-switch Linguistically.

Rebecca Wheeler

category: Research

tags: ELA, English language instruction, code-switching, instruction

Conference

June 2007

Wheeler presents “Code-Switching”, a new method for teaching English. She uses a compare and contrast technique to teach students and teachers how to translate “informal” dialect English into “formal” standard English. The results indicate strong effects.

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