ERIC Number: ED514552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Educating African American Males
Bell, Edward E.
Background: Schools across America spend money, invest in programs, and sponsor workshops, offer teacher incentives, raise accountability standards, and even evoke the name of Obama in efforts to raise the academic achievement of African American males. Incarceration and college retention rates point to a dismal plight for many African American males. Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how African American males feel about school. Setting: The research took place in a rural North Carolina middle school. Study Sample: 21 male students; 18 African Americans, 1 Hispanic and 2 Whites, in grades 6th-8th. Intervention: Participants took part in-depth interviews and discussions. Research Design: Qualitative. Data Collection and Analysis: A qualitative design was best suited for this study. Unstructured interviewing, the School Perceptions Questionnaire, and the Who Am I exercise were measures used to collect data by identifying common themes as a result axial and open-coding procedures. Peer examination and member checking were used as strategies to gauge the trustworthiness and dependability of that data. Findings: The following themes emerged from the data: students wanted to excel and go to college. The lack of social skills for learning emerged from the data, which interfered with student learning. The data revealed more preoccupation with "being handsome" than "being self-disciplined." Conclusion: Social skills must be taught to African American students. Not staying on task, not following directions, and eradicating mama jokes must stop. African American males must be socially prepared for the academic environment. Citation: www.dredbell.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina