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Students’ Attachment and Academic Engagement: The Role of Race and Ethnicity

Citation

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick; Crosnoe, Robert; & Elder, Glen H., Jr. (2001). Students' Attachment and Academic Engagement: The Role of Race and Ethnicity. Sociology of Education, 74(4), 318-40.

Abstract

Students' attachment to school and their academic engagement are important, yet understudied, aspects of the educational experience. In their study, the authors examined whether students of different racial-ethnic groups vary in attachment and engagement and whether properties of schools (e.g., racial-ethnic composition) influence these outcomes over and above individual characteristics. Using multilevel models with a sample of youths from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, they found important differences across racial-ethnic groups in both attachment and engagement. The racial-ethnic composition of schools is an important factor in students' attachment but not engagement. Moreover, the extent of racial and ethnic differences in both outcomes varies across high schools. These findings are discussed in terms of the challenges facing racially and ethnically diverse schools.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2673138

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociology of Education

Author(s)

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick
Crosnoe, Robert
Elder, Glen H., Jr.

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

74

Issue Number

4

Pages

318-40

Reference ID

1695