ERIC Number: EJ881329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 23
Engaging African American Males for Educational Success
Hughes, Robin L.
Gifted Child Today, v33 n2 p55-60 Spr 2010
Although there is some research addressing gifted African American children who attend K-12 schools, few studies address high-achieving and gifted African American male college students. Moreover, the vast majority of research highlighting the schooling of African American students focuses on their negative educational outcomes instead of their educational successes. With this focus, educational stakeholders, and the students themselves, often begin thinking about within-student deficits, which, in turn, leads to expectations of failure. Researchers and educational institutions should highlight the successful educational characteristics of high-achieving African American male students and promote success for all students. These types of research and programs might not only encourage others to think more intentionally about pushing African American students toward educational success, but more importantly, it also would encourage stakeholders to think differently about African American students and their families. This article describes the author's observations of the components of a program for African American males that focuses on improving their educational success at the university level.
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Gifted, Schools, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Males, Learner Engagement, Program Effectiveness, Mentors, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty
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