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In-School Violent Behavior Impacts Future Goals for Low Socioeconomic Status Black Male Students Who Were Exposed to Community Violence
by Handfield, Dorothy C., Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2018, 111; 10746993
Abstract (Summary)

This research study evaluated the modified gap analysis of knowledge and skills, motivation, and organization on how low socioeconomic status (SES) Black male students who were exposed to community violence and participated in Our Kids, a pseudonym for a non-profit community based organization that provides extracurricular programs to at-risk males. The purpose of this study is to understand how the in-school violent behavior of low SES Black males affects these students’ abilities to realize future goals. Using the Clark and Estes (2008) gap analysis, the collection of data from interviews and documents identified and validated the source of the students’ performance gaps. Findings revealed that the urban school district had positive and negative aspects in its current program that addressed students’ in-school violent behavior. Overall, the findings exposed that the students in the study had procedural knowledge, knowledge of self-regulation and support their increase in knowledge of self-identity even though the documents exposed that Black male students may lack self-regulation. The students had self-efficacy and students’ emotions influence their motivation. The students believe that there is racial equities and opportunities to build trusting relationships but urban school district created a threatening environment. Yet, the documents show racial inequities. This research study recommends research-based solutions to assist organizations in decreasing in-school violent behavior. Finally, Our Kids can utilize the modified gap analysis model to identify and validate causes of performance gaps and recommend solutions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crawford, Jenifer
Commitee: Green, Alan, Hirabayashi, Kimberly
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Education, Gender studies
Keywords: Black male students, Low socioeconomic status, School violence
Publication Number: 10746993
ISBN: 978-0-438-06667-0
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