ERIC Number: ED414773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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"Ain't I a Woman, Too?" Tracing the Experiences of African American Women in Graduate Programs in Education.
Schwartz, Robert A.; Bower, Beverly L.
This study examined the personal and professional experiences of African American women before, during, and after earning a graduate degree in education. An initial survey was sent to approximately 110 African American women, with questions on family background, sources of support, and deterrents to graduate study. From this group, a second survey was sent to approximately 50 individuals who had pursued or were pursuing graduate degrees in higher education. Focus groups were also conducted with individuals from the second survey group. It was found that some individuals felt a gap between the academy and the African American community, and that this may deter some African Americans from pursuing graduate study in education or other fields. They also discussed the effects of racism and sexism in their education and work experiences. The responses also indicated that these African American women pursuing graduate degrees in higher education were fiercely independent, proud, and determined. As a group, they often spoke about the importance of self-reliance but often in combination with some level of spiritual or religious commitment. (MDM)
Descriptors: Black Attitudes, Black Students, Educational Attitudes, Females, Focus Groups, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study, Preservice Teacher Education, Qualitative Research, Racial Attitudes, Racial Differences, Schools of Education, Socioeconomic Influences
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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