ERIC Number: ED443318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
When "They" Are Also "Us": Building Community and Negotiating Culture among Students of Color in Higher Education.
Blue, Dionne A.
This study examined the impact of the Opening Doors Summer Research Institute, an intensive summer research program designed to reverse negative retention trends among minority college students. The study examined experiences of minority students participating in a research program designed to introduce culturally diverse undergraduates to the world of graduate study, describing how students formed relationships across racial, ethnic, color, and gender lines while learning to conduct educational research. It also examined how the program helped students negotiate identity. Respondents were 20 former program participants from several cohorts (1992-98) who volunteered to participate. Individual and group interviews were conducted with respondents, and documents collected from students during the program (i.e., autobiographical information, weekly journals, program evaluations, and research papers) were examined. Interviews were also conducted with the program facilitator. Results indicated that the program offered participants many benefits. The program played a pivotal role in students' personal and scholarly development. Students learned to conduct educational research, to recognize their academic potential, and to build cross-cultural relationships. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).