ERIC Number: ED477968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Understanding and Retaining Underprepared College Students.
A review of the literature suggested that African-American and minority students bring a diverse culture to "traditional" college life. As a result, many institutions of higher learning designed their student services, student support programs, curricular and extracurricular to meet the special nature and needs of its minority student population. An effective means of addressing minority student needs is to acknowledge the psychosocial factors related to their development. Those responsible for teaching and helping Black students must create models of adult and student development that take into account the unique needs and experiences that Black students bring to the campus. Many "traditional" models failed to define factors that promote the Black students' overall psychosocial development. Many adult development theories failed to acknowledge the cultural-race aspect of development. This study attempts to summarize and discuss the conceptualized theories that are pertinent to the psychosocial development of cultural Black adult students. The research of several Black theorists investigated the issues and factors of psychosocial development of Black adults. Their research efforts have provided alternative models and theories for addressing the development needs of Black college students. (Contains 202 references and 2 tables.) (Author)
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