African Americans and Planned Resilience: In Search of Ordinary Magic

Hansel Burley (Texas Tech University, USA), Lucy Barnard-Brak (Baylor University, USA), Valerie McGaha-Garnett (Oklahoma State University, USA), Bolanle A. Olaniran (Texas Tech University, USA) and Aretha Marbley (Texas Tech University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 316
EISBN13: 9781466610033|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-857-6.ch020
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Abstract

The purpose of the current study is to examine secondary school factors that predict the performance and persistence of African American students at postsecondary institutions. Ajzen’s (1991) Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), used as the theoretical framework of this study, suggests that intentions, driven by attitudes and beliefs, can predict behavior. This theory was adapted to include resilience, a theory that focuses on student assets, rather than deficits. This theory focuses on how children overcome risk factors like poverty and poor schools to reach agreed upon measures of success.
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