Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Armatures for Success: Advancing Racial Equity for Funeral Service Technology Students
by Hopper, Angela Massey, Ed.D., The University of Mississippi, 2018, 232; 10812579
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this descriptive, exploratory action research study, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, was to identify students at risk of failure on a post-graduate licensure exam and to develop and implement improvement models to improve exam performance. The participants were alumni of the Funeral Service Technology program at Northwest Mississippi Community College. African American graduates of this vocational course failed at increasingly disparate rates above Caucasian graduates in the National Board licensing examination, despite commensurate post-secondary scholastic achievement.

The quantitative research portion of the study statistically analyzed student performance measures in funeral service classes to reveal areas of dissimilar performance divided by race. The focus of the qualitative research portion of the study included interviewing program graduates to reveal perceptions of former students, surveying course documents, and examining learning spaces, utilizing a contextual framework of Critical Race Theory and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (Bell, 2002; Ladson-Billings, 1996). To improve learning outcomes, as information was gathered, practical techniques were garnered to improve learning outcomes and enhance favorable student results on the final standardized test.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wells Dolan, Amy E.
Commitee: Hutchens, Neal H., Rock, David, Webb, Whitney Thompson
School: The University of Mississippi
Department: Higher Education
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Pedagogy, Education, Higher education
Keywords: Critical race theory, Cultural relevance
Publication Number: 10812579
ISBN: 9780438067783
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