Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

African American Community College Students' Experiences with Professorial Radical Care
by Cordell, Dotti, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2017, 152; 10276569
Abstract (Summary)

This study’s purpose was to document African American community college student experiences related to new theory at the nexus of relational care theory and BlackCrit, specifically, radical care theory. Faculty-student relational care experiences have demonstrated significant power to both support and empower historically minoritized African American students in community college. Impactful faculty-student relationships positively influence students in academics, their personal lives, and as members of the African American community. Utilizing a framework of care theory and BlackCrit with corresponding critical methodology, this study determined that radical care interactions between faculty members and students affirms students such that they perform better academically, realize positive effects in their personal lives, and engage differently as members of the Black community, both on and off-campus. Results demonstrate the significant importance of college faculty member selection aligned to those who demonstrate reciprocal, genuine care in their work with students. It further highlights the imperative of professional development dedicated both to enhancing academe awareness of radical care, and to the development of radical care attributes in community college faculty. Dedicated radical care serves to counters deficit thinking and opportunity gaps existing between African American community college students and peers of other races. The study open avenues for further exploration of radical care among and between other historically marginalized groups, and for continued research into radical care singularity, that is, care proffered by professors of the same race. Radical care principles are widely applicable and provide opportunities for study between classified staff members and students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Green, Alan
Commitee: Baca, Reynaldo, Montano, Guadalupe
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Educational leadership
Keywords: African american, Black, Care, Caring, Community college, Radical care
Publication Number: 10276569
ISBN: 978-1-369-82241-0
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