ERIC Number: EJ908668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Black Males and the Community College: Student Perspectives on Faculty and Academic Success
Wood, J. Luke; Turner, Caroline S.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v35 n1-2 p135-151 2011
This article highlights findings from a qualitative study of factors affecting the academic success of African American male students in the community college. Data was collected through interviews with 28 Black male students in a midsized institution in the southwestern United States. Findings illuminated four key faculty-initiated elements that serve to create and maintain positive faculty-student relationships: (a) being friendly and caring from the onset; (b) monitoring and proactively addressing students' academic progress; (c) listening to students' concerns; and (d) encouraging students to succeed. The intricate interrelationship of these elements are discussed through the "voices" and first-hand experiences of student participants. Implications for practice are discussed that suggest these four elements as basic components for faculty training and evaluation.
Descriptors: African American Students, Academic Achievement, Males, Community Colleges, College Students, Interviews, Teacher Influence, College Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Role, Success, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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