ERIC Number: EJ930263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 104
Singing in a Foreign Land: An Exploratory Study of Gospel Choir Participation among African American Undergraduates at a Predominantly White Institution
Strayhorn, Terrell L.
Journal of College Student Development, v52 n2 p137-153 Mar-Apr 2011
Though relatively little research has focused on the use of spiritual resources, previous research has found that traditional cultural practices and spiritual resources may contribute to persistence, although no studies, to date, focus on the role that gospel choir involvement plays in the success of Black collegians at PWIs. Using data collected via semistructured interviews with 21 African American undergraduate gospel choir members, three themes emerged that relate to the perceived benefits of participating in such groups: establishing a sense of belonging, developing ethnic identity, and nurturing resilience. Findings hold significant implications for future practice, theory, and research on Black student engagement and college student success.
Descriptors: African American Students, Singing, Student Participation, Religious Factors, Undergraduate Students, Disproportionate Representation, Whites, Resilience (Psychology), Interpersonal Relationship, Ethnicity, Interviews
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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