ERIC Number: ED344505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
NRC Doctoral Data Indicates Drop in Number of Black Doctorate Recipients Not Uniform across Fields: "Education Effect" Primarily Responsible for Decline in Numbers. Data Sources.
Syverson, Peter D.
CGF Communicator, v23 n3 p4-5 Mar 1990
An analysis of data on Black doctoral recipients was done to clarify the actual trends in Black higher education. Examination of data collected by the National Research Council on new doctorate recipients found that certain disciplinary trends skew the overall picture. This analysis found that Black American doctorate recipients are highly concentrated in the education field: 43 percent of Black doctorate recipients were in education. Thus employment and degree trends in this sector could have a disproportionate effect on the numbers of doctoral degrees earned by this group. In fact, a 12 percent drop in educational doctorates earned by Blacks from 1978 to 1988 did occur. When the data on Black doctoral recipients in education is separated out from recipient data in other fields, the remaining figures show that, despite the decline in education degree recipients, Black Americans earning doctoral degrees in other fields remained steady or increased. From 1983 to 1988 the number of Blacks earning doctorates increased in engineering, life sciences, and professional fields, and remained steady in the physical sciences and humanities and declined in the social sciences. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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