Grantham, T. C. (2004). Rocky Jones: Case Study of a High-Achieving Black Male’s Motivation to Participate in Gifted Classes. Roeper Review, 26(4), 208-215.
An increased body of research on the recruitment and retention of Black students in gifted programs provides guidance for educators to understand factors that impact Black male underrepresentation in gifted programs. A common concern among high school educators is that schools cannot keep Black males interested in gifted programs. Even in culturally diverse high schools, gifted Black males often do not want to take advanced level classes because they are accused by peers of “acting White”. This case study reveals that while rare, it is not impossible. This article uses a Participation Motivation Expectancy-Value Model (PMEVM) to explain the motivation of Rocky Jones, a gifted Black male, and his choice to participate in his school’s gifted program. Findings from interview and archival data are reported that inform Rocky’s participation choice, and implications are drawn to enhance teachers’ efforts to increase Black males’ motivation and representation in gifted education. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
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