The research on Black underachievement is well documented. But the explanations posited as causes for this failure are problematic. They are reductive and fail to explain adequately the reasons for Black children’s underperformance. The wealth of research into Black underachievement is not matched by research into Black achievement, and explanations for this are equally flawed, as are policies designed to curtail underperformance. I argue in this paper that underachievement is the product of social and cultural forces, and success is dependent on all concerned in the educational development of the child, including the child, overcoming those forces and accommodating each other in order to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for success.
Paul, C. (2004), "MAKING IT: CARIBBEAN CHILDREN TRANSGRESSING BARRIERS AND INEQUALITY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS", Jeffrey, B. and Walford, G. (Ed.) Ethnographies of Educational and Cultural Conflicts: Strategies and Resolutions (Studies in Educational Ethnography, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 129-170. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1529-210X(04)09008-4Download as .RIS
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