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ERIC Number: ED523034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 194
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1432-4
"I'm a Finisher. I Can't Quit, Won't Quit, Got to Get It Done": Voices of African American Female Doctoral Students at Predominately White Institutions
Shavers, Marjorie C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University
This qualitative study used Black Feminist Thought as the interpretive lens to investigate the perceptions and experiences of African American female doctoral students at predominately White institutions. Semi-structured interviews were used to gain an understanding of their experiences and the influences these experiences had on their academic persistence and overall well-being. Fifteen participants were interviewed, and their responses were analyzed to identify the emerging themes. The following seven themes emerged from the data: (a) outsider, (b) perception of tokenism, (c) shifting: the academic mask, (d) prove-them-wrong syndrome, (e) part of a bigger whole, (f) expectations versus reality, and (g) discouragement versus encouragement. A summary of findings is presented, as well as specific recommendations to specific individuals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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