Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Now You Know What You're Reaching For…On the Up and Up”: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Scholar Identity Development Among Black Male Achievers
by Irby, Coretta Andrea, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2015, 295; 3700277
Abstract (Summary)

Common discourse concerning the educational trajectories of African American males consists of dismal future outcomes due to defective schooling experiences in kindergarten through twelfth grades. There has been a disregard of counter narratives of high academic achievement and overall school success coupled with a highlighting of failure through deficit-based research practices. Consequently, African American males are positioned as delayed or troubled, which serves to perpetuate educational inequity. This study attempts to increase the scarcity of literature by giving voice to the experiences of high achievement among African American adolescent males attending a school designed to support the achievement of impoverished youth of color. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to investigate the lifeworlds of nine African American males in seventh and eighth grade at a private, college preparatory middle school in southwestern Florida. Individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted regarding their experiences of academic success. The results indicate that these young men developed positive scholar identities through a process that included the cultivation of academic achievement, sacrificing to succeed, trailblazing, striving for the good life, and planning for success while simultaneously rejecting deficit-based and peril portrayals of Black males. Practical implications for school psychologists, educators, and parents are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Raffaele Mendez, Linda
Commitee: Cobb-Roberts, Deirdre, Thomas, Daphne, Wolgemuth, Jennifer
School: University of South Florida
Department: Psychological and Social Foundations
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Educational psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: High achievement among black males, Interpretative phenomenological analysis, Scholar identity development
Publication Number: 3700277
ISBN: 978-1-321-70165-4
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