Achievement gaps of the African American male in the public schools of America are persistent. Theorists, researchers, policymakers, school administration, teachers, and parents have voiced their views of the causes and effects of the underachievement of the middle school and high school Black male; few studies have presented the problems and concerns of the elementary school Black male. This case study of a group of seven suburban fourth grade African American males provided a perspective of the relationship between academic achievement, school attendance, peer pressure, and negative behavior. Five questions acted as the driving focus of the study: (a) How does the lack of achievement affect the fourth grade African American male student's academic confidence? (b) What are obstacles of achievement for the fourth grade African American male student? (c) What are the educational goals of the fourth grade African American male student? (d) What are motivators for learning of the fourth grade African American male student? and (e) Who supports the fourth grade African American male academically and personally? Quantitative data was utilized in the selection of the study group participants. Qualitative information gathering sources were used for the study. School records, parents, teachers, and the participants provided a perspective of the participant's learning and achievement. Different perspectives allowed a triangulation and a pattern matching of information. A combination of a descriptive case study and a causal comparative case study approach was used. This approach allowed for an in-depth narrative description of achievement for each study participant, and it also allowed for a comparison achievement among the participants.Demographic Description of Participant Group The study group contained seven 4th grade African American males. ... Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) first grade reading percentage score was at the 76 %. ... The percentile scores decreased, but the grade level increased in reading from 1.5 to 2.3 from first to second grade.
|Title||:||Silent Voices: The Underachievement of the Elementary African American Male in a Public School of the United States of America|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|