The current qualitative phenomenological research study was used to explore the lived experiences and perceptions of African American male elementary teachers who were between 22 and 35 years of age and their underrepresentation in elementary education. The study underpinned their need to influence African American boys. The study was guided by 5 research questions with data collected from African American males working at the elementary education level. Data were collected using interviews and observations. The findings of the study indicated African American males are underrepresented in elementary education based on: (a) low salaries of beginning teachers; (b) lack of a qualified pool of candidates; (c) perception of the career as a woman’s career; (d) lack of respect; and (e) weak recruitment and retention strategies. The findings were used to identify 4 developing themes geared toward reversing the trend of underrepresentation of African American males in the elementary education field. The 4 themes were: (a) to provide increased salaries that match competitive and current economic standing; (b) promote the profession whereby it is viewed as not a ‘woman’s only’ career, so that African American males are comfortable applying for employment; (c) provide positive exposure for African American males; and (d) increased involvement by school district leaders in recruitment and retention strategies. The participants expressed the need to be highly visible in elementary education to employ their talents, skills, and abilities in the lives of African American boys, ultimately aiding in closing the achievement gap and their success. The research had some limitations, and further research on the topic of the underrepresentation of African American males in elementary education is recommended.
|Advisor:||Adragna, Dr. Sue|
|Commitee:||Keintz, Dr. Brian, Rouse, Dr. Theresa, Schwirzke, Dr. Kelly|
|Department:||Keiser University Graduate School-Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Black studies, Educational leadership, Elementary education, African American Studies|
|Keywords:||African American boys, African American males 22-35 years old, African American males teacher, Elementary education, Recruitment and retention strategies, Underrepresented|
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