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A qualitative inquiry into African American and Hispanic high school dropout experiences
by Whitfield, Dwight K., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 178; 3730830
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative multiple-case research study explored the African American and Hispanic high school dropout problem in Detroit Public Schools. The study analyzed reasons why African American and Hispanic students in Detroit have higher dropout rates than other groups. A purposive sampling method was used to select the 15 African American and five Hispanic participants over 18 years old who dropped out of school. The data collection process consisted of a comprehensive methodological process that required a thorough and complete qualitative analysis. The data analysis process took place after the semi-structured interviews were completed with all 20 participants. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: limited guidance, lack of opportunity, and challenging social conditions. Recommendations within this study include implementing educational expectations in areas such as a summer institute for at-risk freshmen primarily in course planning and course requirement and allowing the 21 st century schools students the opportunity to transfer out of their present school to alternative schools according to their personal and academic needs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Metros, Anastasia
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Area Planning and Development, Secondary education, Individual & family studies, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Administrative, African American, Education inequality, High school dropouts, Urban schools
Publication Number: 3730830
ISBN: 978-1-339-17166-1
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