ERIC Number: ED555491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Promoting the Academic Achievement of African-American Males: The Achievers Model for Systemic Change of K-12 Educational Programs and Services
McNair, Wanda J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Regent University.
The purpose of this applied doctoral project (ADP) was to conceptualize a framework for a charter school program design to promote the academic achievement of a select group of African-American males. Gorton, Alston, and Snowden (2007) emphasized that school improvement involves change for the better. The National Education Goals Panel, a bipartisan group to promote national goals, stresses three goals for education reform: a preschool child's readiness to learn, decreasing the dropout rate, and the mastery of core content by Grades 4, 8, and 12. In spite of these goals, African-American males fail to meet academic standards and drop out of high school at disproportionate rates compared to White students. Although many factors contribute to the low achievement of African-American males, research has shown that students who are taught based on their unique needs by an autonomous group that is free to customize its curriculum will meet those needs (Center for Education Reform, 2011; Gleason, Clark, Tuttle, & Dwoyer, 2010; Hoxby, 2005; Hoxby, Murarka, & Kang, 2009; Merseth, 2009). For instance, Smith (2006) posited, "researchers believe that character development, especially at the secondary level, is increasingly important because of the perceived decline in moral conduct among young adults and the high-profile corporate scandals of the past few years" (p. 14). Since the lack of morality and character is what many researchers (Benninga, Berkowitz, Kuehn, & Smith, 2003; Ferrara & Santiago, 2007; Hopkins, 1997; Munoz & Vanderhaar, 2006; Sherblom, Marshall, & Sherblom, 2006) have said are the precipitating factors for the downturn in academic achievement, the social and academic success of African-American males can be promoted by utilizing the ACHIEVERS model for systemic change in all K-12 educational programs and services. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, African American Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Charter Schools, Educational Improvement, Student Needs, Models
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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