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ERIC Number: EJ878449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Lean on Me: The Support Experiences of Black Graduate Students
Johnson-Bailey, Juanita; Valentine, Thomas S.; Cervero, Ronald M.; Bowles, Tuere A.
Journal of Negro Education, v77 n4 p365-381 Fall 2008
The support experiences of Black graduate students who graduated from a major southern research university between 1962 to 2003 were examined in a comprehensive survey that explored three areas: (a) relationships with faculty, (b) students, and (c) the institution. Characteristics that distinguish this study from others include the large sample of 586 participants across a four-decade period and the combination of closed and open-ended questions. The Black graduate students' primary sources of support were Black professors and other Black graduate students. The students collectively told stories of isolation, exclusion, and survival. Overall, the study revealed that Black graduate students believed that their support experiences were significantly different from those of White graduate students and that White graduate students experienced a much friendlier campus and a more positive classroom environment. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A