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Author Coulter, Donna M.
Title A phenomenological study to engage African-American youth voice in deliberations regarding their response to schooling [electronic resource] / by Donna M. Coulter.
Publication Info. 2013.
Location Call No. Status Notes
 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 79 p. : ill.
Note Advisor: Karen Tonso.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Wayne State University, 2013.
Summary To examine disparities in education, the researcher utilized a naturalistic approach to uncover how youth think, talk, and feel about their response to schooling. Findings are based on in-depth conversations with 12 inner city African-American kids enrolled in Urban, USA middle and high schools, rarely heard from in the scholarly literature. Students conveyed a belief system that schooling was the route to upward mobility, however, their responses to academic exercises seem to suggest an indifference. Primary findings suggest that students' (a) sense of safety and family tradition were key factors of student school selection; (b) understanding of how levels of success correlate with the opportunity structure was limited; (c) decision to not give voice was an attribution of respect for their teachers; (d) choice for "social life," often to the neglect of schooling, was to have a balanced teen experience rather than opposition to schooling. Future research recommended was to help students discover how their own contradictions impact their educational opportunities.
Subject Education evaluation
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (Ph.D.) : Educational Evaluation and Research
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