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ERIC Number: EJ1105682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
"Having Our Say": High Achieving African American Male College Graduates Speak about Parental Involvement and Parenting Style
Odom, Lynn Lanier; McNeese, Rose M.
Education Leadership Review of Doctoral Research, v1 n1 p91-105 Mar 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the patterns of parental involvement and parenting styles of the parents of academically successful African American males who graduated from historically Black colleges or universities (Odom, 2013). More specifically, the study investigated relationships among students' perceptions of their parents' involvement, parenting styles, educational level, and family structure with the student's higher education grade point average. An online self-reported student perception survey instrument was developed and administered to 36 African American male participants. Survey data focused on how the graduates perceived their parents' child rearing practices or parenting style during their educational experiences from kindergarten through 12th grades. Additionally, three students agreed to participate in individual follow-up phone interviews designed to provide in-depth information regarding their perceptions of their parents' impact on their academic success. Common themes discovered in the data revealed that parents were involved every step of the way of their educational journey by holding their son(s) accountable, instilling the value of hard work, mandating rule following, encouraging curiosity, fostering a rich learning environment, and requiring academic excellence.
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Parent Participation, Parenting Styles, Child Rearing, African Americans, College Graduates, Black Colleges, Correlation, Educational Attainment, Family Structure, Grade Point Average, Surveys, Interviews, Mixed Methods Research, Questionnaires
NCPEA Publications. Available from: National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Web site: http://www.ncpeapublications.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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