ERIC Number: EJ835222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
College Choice Process of First Generation Black Female Students: Encouraged to What End?
Smith, Michael J.
Negro Educational Review, v59 n3-4 p147-161 Fall-Win 2008
Access to higher education in America is increasingly becoming a privilege for upper-class youth. On the other hand, youth in lower socioeconomic groups have less access and are increasingly marginalized and less able to compete in the college choice arena. While parental involvement is one way to fight against this unfortunate trend, parents of low-income Black students are often ill equipped to explore college choice and thereby achieve the goal of providing a college education for their children. This qualitative study describes how three Black single female parents experienced involvement from their own parents during their Kindergarten through 12th grade school years. Study findings suggest that low socioeconomic status (SES) Black parents are very involved in their children's education albeit towards outcomes other than college. Strategies for collaboration between college and Kindergarten through 12th grade personnel to increase access to college for lower socioeconomic Black students are offered. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
Descriptors: African Americans, Mothers, College Choice, Females, First Generation College Students, Parent Participation, Socioeconomic Status, Family Influence, Working Class, Urban Areas, Interviews, Role Models, Academic Persistence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California