Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration of African: American Males and the Influence of Race, Gender and Teacher Beliefs About Their Academic Success
by Hamlet, Conrad E., Ph.D., Cleveland State University, 2012, 184; 10630984
Abstract (Summary)

There has been no shortage of calls to improve teaching. Even the federal law, the No Child Left Behind Act, has mandated high quality teaching in the nation's public schools. But the question still remains “What makes an effective teacher, particularly of African - American males in an urban environment?”

African-American males in public schools are the hardest hit, having the lowest achievement rates on standardized tests and the highest dropout rates of approximately 50% or more. The majority comes from low social economic status and single parent families having limited learning resources and facilities at home. Their behavior leads to frequent suspensions, transfers, and eventually many of them drop out from school before graduating. Many find themselves in situations that warrant them to be placed in special education classes.

There has been no greater challenge than how to improve the academic success of African - American males in public schools. All facets that affect African - American males stem from such ideas as educational inequities, denial of education, substandard inner city schools, the race and gender of teachers and finally teacher quality.

The purpose of this study was to explore and describe how race, teacher gender and teacher quality impact the academic success of African -American males. It was hoped that this study explored the idea that race, the gender of teachers, and teacher quality were important factors that determined the academic success of African - American males.

The methodology used was based on the grounded theory approach. Grounded theory begins with a research situation about a phenomenon. The data collection process that I used was interviews. I interviewed six (6) student participants who were African - American males. The student participants in this study were chosen from the “Hopeful Academy”, a pseudonym name, which was a local high school in an urban setting. These participants are drop-outs and potential drop-outs that re-entered academia. I interviewed six (6) teachers employed by this urban school district. They were of different ethnic backgrounds and of different genders. The data collected was analyzed to determine emerging themes.

The results of this study contributed to the vast amount of research done on African - American males and their academic success.

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Hampton, Frederick
School: Cleveland State University
Department: Education and Human Services
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Education, Gender studies
Keywords: Academic success, African american males, Gender, Race, Teacher quality
Publication Number: 10630984
ISBN: 978-0-355-01296-5
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