ERIC Number: EJ1203591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
It Takes a Village: The Role of Emic and Etic Adaptive Strengths in The Persistence of Black Men in Engineering Graduate Programs
Burt, Brian A.; Williams, Krystal L.; Palmer, Gordon J. M.
American Educational Research Journal, v56 n1 p39-74 Feb 2019
Black men, underrepresented in engineering, constitute a missing segment of the population who could contribute to the global knowledge economy. To address this national concern, stakeholders need additional research on strategies that aid in Black men's persistence. This study explores the experiences of 30 Black men in engineering graduate programs. Three factors are identified as helping them persist from year to year, and in many cases through completion of the doctorate: the role of family, spirituality and faith-based community, and undergraduate mentors. The article concludes with implications for future research and professional practice that may improve the experiences of Black men in engineering graduate programs, which may also increase the chances that they will remain in the engineering workforce.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, African American Students, Academic Persistence, Graduate Students, Family Role, Religious Factors, Doctoral Degrees, Disproportionate Representation, Educational Experience, Mentors, Undergraduate Students, Males, Spiritual Development, Student Characteristics, Social Support Groups, Blacks
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: EPS1101284