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ERIC Number: ED359915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 24
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Relationships between African American Doctoral Students and Their Major Advisors.
Holland, Jearold W.
This paper examines, via an exploratory approach, the factors in doctoral programs that may potentially guide, motivate, and influence African American doctoral students to pursue careers in higher education. Interviews with 42 participants, 23 current students and 19 former doctorate recipients, were conducted, placing emphasis on interviewing more respondents from the education field, the field of study of the majority of African Americans. Five types of relationships that African American doctoral students have with their major advisors were identified: (1) formal academic advisement; (2) academic guidance; (3) quasi-apprenticeship; (4) academic mentoring; and (5) career mentoring. These relationships were found to differ with respect to the character of involvement between major advisors and these doctoral students. The findings of the study indicated that African American doctoral students have a variety of relationships and involvements with their major faculty advisors. Of these relationships, the student-advisor relationship was identified by respondents as being the most nonsatisfying of the various involvements. Of the five relationships studied, quasi-apprenticeship, academic mentoring, and career mentoring had the most significant impact on African American doctoral students seeking careers in higher education. Contains 15 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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