Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"STEMulating" success factors: An investigation of the academic talents of successful Black male college graduates from STEM programs
by Hendricks, Jill T., Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 176; 3614470
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological research study explored the contributing factors experienced by Black males that epitomized their academic success in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) area of study. During this investigative project, eleven Black male students were interviewed to determine how they were able to successfully navigate and complete a STEM degree. The data was collected through a qualitative inquiry, which involved interviewing students and collecting the data and organizing their perspectives into common themes. The principal findings in this study suggest that Black males can excel when primary influential people establish high expectations and believe and encourage Black males to succeed by providing the essential educational support models requisite to warrant success; the Black male maintains and affirms a self-assured self-worth in himself; the Black male is exposed to these fields and professions early on in their educational quest to enable them to witness first hand powerful and productive opportunities and pathways to academic success; exposure to other Black successful male role models who can mentor and show positive proof that with effort, these fields can become a reality; increase in academic motivation and recommendations from educators and counselors who direct and guide students into and away from these rigorous career fields. An analysis of the students' individual stories gave a revealing look into the pathways of their consciousness, emotional growth, and perspectives about being a successful STEM major. This kind of insight can be a constructive diagnostic tool for students, educators, counselors, and administrators who want to motivate and influence future students to major in STEM fields of study.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ligeikis, Kelli
Commitee: Jacobs, Howard R., McNeil, Teronda
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Educational technology, Science education, Higher education
Keywords: African American males, Black males, College graduates, STEM education, Urban educational studies
Publication Number: 3614470
ISBN: 9781303798023
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