ERIC Number: EJ1175392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
"It's Like Power to Move": Black Students' Psychosocial Experiences in Black Studies Courses at a Predominantly White Institution
Chapman-Hilliard, Collette; Beasley, Samuel T.
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, v46 n2 p129-151 Apr 2018
This study examined Black students' experiences in culture-centered courses that focused on the historical and contemporary experiences of Blacks in America and across the African diaspora. Using a qualitative approach, the authors investigated the perceptions of how Black Studies courses shaped the psychosocial experiences and identity development of Black students (N = 24) at a predominantly White institution. Data from semistructured focus group interviews revealed several themes, including psychological empowerment, self-determination, counterspaces, and community perpetuity. The authors suggest ways counselors and educators can support Black students' psychosocial development and provide outreach to diverse student populations.
Descriptors: Whites, Institutional Characteristics, African American Students, Black Studies, United States History, Self Determination, Emotional Development, Social Development, Counselor Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Empowerment, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Student Attitudes, College Students
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