Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Black Family Engagement through Communication Technology: A Phenomenological Study from the Perspective of Urban Public High Schools Parents in the Greater Boston Area
by Ayala, Mariette Bien-Aime, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2019, 319; 27664653
Abstract (Summary)

Black family engagement is the key to improving the life outcomes of young Black students (Clark, 2015; Mestry & Grobler, 2007). Recently, as a response to a need for better family engagement in K-12 education, new technologies have emerged. As educators, it is important to study the effectiveness of these new communication technologies, as well as how Black families are experiencing opportunities for engagement through them. Guided by critical race theory and capital theory, I ask: How do Black families experience opportunities for engagement with their children’s high schools through the use of communication technologies? To find this answer, in chapter one, the four fundamental areas that characterize the social contexts for engagement of Black families in urban education are explored. Chapter two then follows with a literature review composed of six emerging themes. Next, chapter three presents my researcher positionality in connection with my decision to conduct a qualitative phenomenological study about Black families. This will then be followed by the research measures and techniques. After conducting twenty-five individual interviews, two focus groups, and collecting document archives from nine school districts, the textural findings were provided in chapter four and the structural findings were provided in chapter five. Finally, chapter six combined the textural and structural experiences to convey the essence of the Black family experience within urban public high schools in the Greater Boston Area.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Yan, Wenfan
Commitee: Farinde-Eu, Abiola, Ding, Wei
School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Department: Urban Education (EdD, PhD)
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, Educational technology, Educational leadership
Keywords: Black families, Boston, Communication technology, Family engagement, Parent involvement, Urban education
Publication Number: 27664653
ISBN: 9781392421895
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