ERIC Number: EJ1177582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Mentor-Shape: Exploring the Mentoring Relationships of Black Women in Doctoral Programs
Rasheem, S.; Alleman, Ali-Sha; Mushonga, Dawnsha; Anderson, Darlene; Ofahengaue Vakalahi, Halaevalu F.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v26 n1 p50-69 2018
Using a Black Feminist Thought framework, this phenomenological study focused on lived experiences with mentoring relationships among 38 Black women in doctoral programs in multiple disciplines across universities in the United States. Although emerging studies on Black women in academia acknowledge the significance of mentorship and the reality of discrimination at the intersection of race and gender, the literature lacks empirical support pertaining to the formation and outcomes of mentoring relationships, specifically for Black women in doctoral education. Findings from this study suggested four central themes in the mentoring relationships among Black women in doctoral programs: (a) organic evolvement, (b) shared identity/mutual interest, (c) personal transformation and (d) increase in access and opportunity. Implications for future research, policy, practice and education across disciplines are offered.
Descriptors: Feminism, African Americans, Females, Phenomenology, Mentors, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Racial Bias, Gender Bias, Interviews, Questionnaires, Student Experience, Interpersonal Relationship, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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