Dante Dixson 2015

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Mr. Dante Dixson was a doctoral student in School Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California who, as co-researcher with Mr. Cyrell Roberson, conducted a study titled The Psychosocial Keys to African American Academic Achievement: The Relationship Among Academic Achievement and Psychosocial Factors in High Achieving African Americans. The research “…spans the fields of education and psychology to examine the relationship between academic achievement and five psychosocial variables that have been found to be important contributors to academic success: time perspective, malleable views of intelligence, grit, ethnic identity, and perceived socioeconomic status.

Grit, growth mindset, future orientation, ethnic identity, and other group orientation were not significantly or meaningfully correlated to academic achievement within this sample of high achieving African American students.  However, socioeconomic status correlated significantly with academic achievement (with a medium effect size).  These findings suggest that current interventions focused on grit, growth mindset, future orientation, ethnic identity, and other group orientation may not be as effective as previously thought. Read more about the results of this study at https://blacksuccessfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Psychosocial-Keys-to-African-American-Achievement-Dante-Dixson-Cyrell-Roberson-for-publication.docx.pdf

Dr. Dixson is now  Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Wayne State University. For more information about his research, contact:  dante.dixson@wayne.edu

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