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Voices of Hope
Education and Urban Society (2008)
  • Mildred M. Pearson, Dr., Eastern Illinois University

Using the self-efficacy literature as a theoretical framework, this article discusses the reality of academic achievement and academic performance among selected African American middle school girls. Both quantitative and qualitative research approaches are used to investigate the influence of selfefficacy. Thirty-seven African American middle school girls filled out an adversity questionnaire and also responded to the Children’s Self-efficacy Survey. Based on the results, 10 girls were selected for in-depth interviews. Responses to interview questions reveal how these girls’ self-efficacy helped them not only cope with obstacles in their lives but also excel academically. These responses provide important insights for educators who want to help this population of students continue to succeed.

  • middle girls,
  • efficacy,
  • girls
Publication Date
November, 2008
Publisher Statement
This article was published in final form in Education and Urban Society published online 6 May 2008, available at DOI: 10.1177/0013124508316743
Citation Information
Mildred M. Pearson. "Voices of Hope" Education and Urban Society Vol. 41 Iss. 1 (2008)
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