Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of Adult Mentors on My Life: An Autoethnography
by Phillips, Andre Lamar, Ed.D., Concordia University Irvine, 2019, 149; 22621463
Abstract (Summary)

There have been numerous discussions surrounding the issues African-American males face in schools today, many specifically addressing the “achievement gap” between Black and White students. Research indicates that mentoring programs can be invaluable in addressing the risks that youths face today. The study explored and utilized a reflexive investigation of the researcher’s life experiences as a mentee, and of his mentors’ motivation to support him throughout his teenager hood, his collegiate and Olympic years, and as an educator. This study is relevant because it explores the positive influence that adult mentors have on the attitudes, confidence, and school connectedness for African-American teen males. The attention to mentoring incorporated an understanding of the relationship between adult male mentors and at-risk African-American high school males.

This dissertation uses autoethnography as the methodology. The study centers on two theoretical frameworks to guide this inquiry: developmental and instrumental mentoring approaches. Memory, interviews, reflective journal, and an attitude survey serve as supporting data sources. The research questions guiding this dissertation are as follows:

1. What motivated my mentors to support me in my academic, athletic, and educational journeys?

2. How have relationships with my adult mentors influenced my attitude, confidence, and sense of worth during my youth, collegiate and Olympic years, and as an educator?

3. What have I learned about how to mentor African-American male youths from my relationships with adult mentors?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hopewell, Mary
Commitee: Doering, Dwight, Williams, Cheryl
School: Concordia University Irvine
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, African American Studies
Keywords: Adult mentoring, African American, Autoethnography, Males, Mentoring, Teens
Publication Number: 22621463
ISBN: 9781687905987
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