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Who does she think she is: how can a multiracial female teacher build positive relationships with African American female students in order to increase their academic achievement?





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The research question addressed is, How Can a Multiracial, Female, Teacher, Build Positive Relationships with African American, Female, Students, in Order to Increase Their Academic Achievement? The motivation behind this topic stems from the author's personal interactions with African American, female, students, in her classroom over the course of her career. Because of the negative interactions between herself and the students stemming from the concept of race, physical appearance, and identity the author explored the origins of the color complex in the United States in reference to African Americans. The author was able to explore the origins and history of the color complex, from her qualitative research she was able to develop some teaching strategies, that will promote academic achievement in her African American, female students as she moves forward in her teaching career.

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