Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

African-Centered Education & Its Influence on Student Behavior & Self-Efficacy
by Brown, Erika René, Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University, 2020, 152; 27835603
Abstract (Summary)


Erika R. Brown, EdD

Trevecca Nazarene University

May 2020

Major Area: Leadership and Professional Practice Number of Words: 179

This mixed methods study investigated the influence of African-centered education on African American students’ behavior and self-efficacy compared to African American students in a traditional American middle school setting. Administrator interviews revealed two different leadership styles. Teacher surveys indicated a difference between African-centered educators and those in a traditional setting regarding their beliefs that their administrator consistently enforced rules for conduct, with the African-centered location noting more consistent enforcement. Teacher focus group interviews reflected an infusion of African culture within daily district-mandated lessons and implied that a team culture and sense of community existed within the African-centered work environment. Classroom observations revealed that African-centered learners had higher levels of academic engagement than the students at the traditional location. No significant difference was found with students’ levels of disruptiveness or respectfulness. Additionally, self-efficacy differences in students’ beliefs indicated that the students at the African-centered school could better handle unforeseen situations, resolve problems, think of, and handle anything that came their way. These results suggest that the African-centered environment instilled students with an optimistic confidence which promoted higher self-esteem and determination.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cliff, Karissa K, Longnecker, Ryan
School: Trevecca Nazarene University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: African-centered education
Publication Number: 27835603
ISBN: 9798643175469
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