ERIC Number: EJ1142245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
A Breath of Fresh Air: Students' Perceptions of Interactions with African American Faculty
Neville, Kathleen M.; Parker, Tara L.
Journal of College Student Development, v58 n3 p349-364 Apr 2017
In this phenomenological study we relied on classroom observations and 22 in-depth interviews with students as they interacted with African American faculty. Findings reveal the meaning students made from these classroom interactions and the ways African American faculty, significantly and positively, influenced the student experience. More specifically, students described the faculty as open, passionate, and caring, thereby making students feel comfortable, valued, and respected. This study supports previous research on the benefits of student-faculty interactions by providing additional evidence regarding the importance and value African American faculty bring to the academy.
Descriptors: African American Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Interaction, Student Attitudes, Phenomenology, Racial Factors, Undergraduate Students, Caring, Altruism, Teacher Behavior, Qualitative Research, Observation, Semi Structured Interviews
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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