ERIC Number: EJ1111111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
The Meanings of Race Matter: College Students Learning About Race in a Not-so-Postracial Era
Johnston-Guerrero, Marc P.
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n4 p819-849 Aug 2016
Given the historical legacies of racial exclusion and disparities within U.S. higher education and contemporary manifestations of racial tensions on college campuses, this study explores the meanings college students make of race within a sociopolitical context often claimed to be "postracial" (i.e., one where race no longer matters). Based on interviews with a sample (n = 40) of undergraduates recruited from two U.S. West Coast public research universities, constructivist grounded theory methods allowed for an emergent understanding of how precollege experiences and campus contexts influenced race-related patterns in students' experiencing of and learning about race. Such experiences contributed to six patterns of racial meaning (ancestry, culture, concept, embodiment, identity, power) that help explain how college students refute postracial claims and see race mattering (or not) on multiple levels.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Race, Public Colleges, Research Universities, Grounded Theory, Student Experience, College Environment, Learning, Student Surveys, Social Environment, Semi Structured Interviews
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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