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    Student examines academic success among African Americans

    By csmurrey
    Published: April 27, 2010

    Martinque Jones, senior and psychology major in the College of Liberal Arts, has been investigating how cultural identity and academic attitudes affect the academic achievement of African American high school students.

    With support from the Ronald E. McNair Program and Drs. Kevin Cokley and Samoan C. Johnson, Jones collected more than 120 surveys for analysis at various schools in the Houston Independent School District.┬áRecognizing a deficit at the university’s campus, Jones also helped charter the Association of Black Psychologists.

    Above, Jones discusses her findings, personal experiences and hopes for the future of African American high school students.

    Read a transcript of the interview (PDF).

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      Shenika said on May 31, 2010 at 6:18 p.m.
      Great video! As a tenth grade African-American student, I can honestly say that there is an academic achievement gap between me and some of the other ethnic students who attend my school. That cant all be blamed on the student, but the teachers who have no will in helping us. It's funny that i came across this video because my counselor approached me just this Friday asking me about contributing in making a group based on the success of the few African-Americans attending my school. The reason for her coming to me was because she's also noticed the achievement gap between the students here. I came across this video while looking up research for my English project based on racial profiling in work and school areas and this most definitely helped me. Thanks!
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      Dr. Pan said on May 17, 2010 at 6:08 p.m.
      Congratulations! Like a visiting scholar from Brasil at UT, I'd like to know more about your nice research.
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