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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:52763
Doc. No:TL22717
Call number:‭3176043‬
Main Entry:J. Lynn McBrien
Title & Author:Discrimination and academic motivation in adolescent refugee girlsJ. Lynn McBrien
College:Emory University
Date:2005
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2005
Page No:162
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between perceived discrimination and subsequent academic motivation of adolescent refugee girls who have been resettled in the United States. In the study, I addressed the following questions: (a) Do adolescent refugee girls perceive themselves to be targets of discrimination by their U.S. peers and/or their teachers? (b) What are the similarities and differences between the responses of Muslim and non-Muslim participants? (c) For those answering “yes” to question one, is there a relationship between perceptions of discrimination and academic motivation? In what ways? I used a case study design to examine the particular situations of 18 adolescent refugee girls attending school in the second largest refugee resettlement site in the southeastern United States. I conducted the majority of my study at a refugee agency, along with brief observations at three secondary schools attended by many of the student participants. I found that most of the girls perceived themselves to be targets of discrimination. The Muslim refugee girls reported almost twice as many discriminatory experiences as did non-Muslims. Refugee center staff also reported that discrimination occurs. School observations disclosed both welcoming and motivating teaching techniques and some unwelcoming structural designs. Despite perceptions of discriminatory experiences, all 18 girls maintained academic motivation and planned to complete secondary schooling and attend college. I discuss these findings in light of social cognitive theories of motivation and the self, and I suggest further studies with implications for practice.
Subject:Education; Academic motivation; Adolescent; Discrimination; Girls; Muslims; Refugee; Bilingual education; Multicultural education; Educational psychology; Secondary education; 0282:Multicultural education; 0525:Educational psychology; 0533:Secondary education; 0282:Bilingual education
Added Entry:C. L. Hahn
Added Entry:Emory University