The Academic Success of Black Females: The contribution of the Black church.
McCalla, Doreen (eds.)
Unsung Sheroes in the Church: Singing the praises of Black women now.
Shoving Leopard Productions.
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The Contribution of the Black Church to Academic Achievement of Black women
The chapter is based on the results of research undertaken in the UK on the educational experiences of African Caribbean women. Through interviews and surveys a complex picture emerges of the contributions of the home, individual, school and the community in the achievement of African Caribbeans females. The largest contributory factor from the community was the Black Church.
In their own words, participants describe their church experiences and its impact on their performance. The results reveal that what differentiates those who succeed and those who do not is the level of resilience and protective factors that they have developed. The successful groups had more positive support from a wider range of sources across their experiences at home and within the community which instilled a resilience or resistance to negative experiences. The low achieving groups, which had less support and more negative experiences, were more susceptible and vulnerable to the impact of negative school experiences. The Black church plays a significant role here and can positively contribute to African Caribbean pupils’ academic achievement, especially in the continued support for black girl’s education, by building resilience and protective factors in the child to enable successful navigation through the British education system.
The chapter aims therefore to also encourage greater active involvement in the Black Church whilst also endorsing them to be a channel of positive experiences for those who attend so as to counter less positive experiences African women may experience beyond it.
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