Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining the Phenomenon of Dropping Out of High School Through the Perspectives and Experiences of the African American Male
by Colbert, John L, Ed.D., University of Arkansas, 2017, 100; 10278938
Abstract (Summary)

We expect all students to achieve and succeed in school, yet current data shows that 23.6% of African American students in Arkansas drop out of school (Bailey & Dziko, 2008). The African American male high school dropouts are much higher than the number of male dropouts from other ethnic groups. As the researcher reviewed the current data about African American dropouts, it was the impetus behind this study. Although many have discussed and written about African American male dropouts in educational forums, essays, short stories, dissertations, and even movies, few have captured the experiences of the African American males in qualitative research, allowing them to have a voice.

The study focused on the African American males’ perspectives and their educational experiences during high school and how these experiences influenced their decisions to drop out of high school. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the reasons why African American males decided to drop out of high school. The researcher engaged subjects in an in depth assessment of the issues that influenced their decisions to leave high school. The researcher felt that, in order to glean a true picture of the facts as it relates to the African American dropouts, it was imperative to relate the issues to those who were affected. As we examine this dilemma, it is very important that educators understand how African American students might respond or not respond in the learning environment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Holt, Carleton R.
Commitee: Bengtson, Ed, Miller, Michael T.
School: University of Arkansas
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Educational leadership, Gender studies
Keywords: African american experiences, African american males, Drop outs, High school drop outs
Publication Number: 10278938
ISBN: 978-1-369-78286-8
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