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ERIC Number: ED415457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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African-American Females: A Theory of Educational Aspiration.
Ponec, Debra L.
Although 76% of African-American students graduate from high school, only 25% of these graduates enter institutions of higher education. A systematic analysis of the aspirations among African-American females for post-high-school education was conducted. Initial portions of the study focused on characteristics of support in the areas of familial assistance, academic preparation, college and career counseling, and self image issues. African-American females (N=21), in either their junior or senior year of high school, participated in the study; a total of 76 interviews were conducted. Results indicate that aspiration is a difficult concept to define, being based in each young woman's experience and context. Some similarities, however, were apparent regarding the influence of role models, self-understanding, and participation in academic, college and career counseling services, or community activities. These similarities are encompassed in a theory of education aspiration which describes the influence of role models, the realization of selfhood, and the promotion of preparedness in understanding these women's educational goals. The participants made recommendations for educators, peers, parents, and community members for fostering African-American women's educational advancement. (Contains 45 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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