Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sweet Spirit: The Pedagogical Relevance of the Black Church for African-American Males
by Lucas, Brandi Odom, Ed.D., Loyola Marymount University, 2014, 177; 3621594
Abstract (Summary)

African-American student achievement is a pervasive problem for school communities. This qualitative research explores the Black Church's role in the bicultural development of six African American male students. Using the critical theory of biculturalism this study seeks to determine what aspects of the Black Church experience influence the African American male's ability to navigate the school environment and participate in school. This dissertation study utilized the complementary methodologies, testimonies and witnessing, to document the students experiences in the school and church communities. Data analysis included holistic-content analysis. Findings indicate the Black Church was an effective vehicle for the empowering process of biculturation. Through it's critical teachings, cultural responsive care, and engaged pedagogy, the Black Church affirms the bicultural students and helps them contend with their personal experiences with oppressive individuals and structures. The findings support the need for the Black church to participate in education reform efforts affecting African-American students. The findings also support a renewed focus on engaging teachers in the utilization of culturally responsive care in their interactions with African-American students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Darder, Antonia
Commitee: Blackman, Dexter, Smartt Gaither, JoAnn
School: Loyola Marymount University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education, Secondary education, Spirituality
Keywords: African-American males, Bicultural students, Black church, Culturally relevant pedagogy
Publication Number: 3621594
ISBN: 978-1-303-92792-8
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