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How Do Male Students of Color Describe the Experiences that Motivated Them to Overcome Academic Distress?
by Bailey, Harrison, 3rd, D.Ed., East Stroudsburg University, 2020, 200; 28264009
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine how male students of color (MSOC) describe the experiences that motivated them to overcome scholastic challenges and achieve academic success. This qualitative investigation used a multiple case study approach to capture the perspectives of ten participants who experienced scholastic challenges yet performed well academically. The researcher conducted the study from an observing researcher perspective. The theoretical framework of this research study was Snyder's hope theory. This theory focuses on the individual’s ability to set goals, plan for goal accomplishment (pathways thinking), and remain motivated until the goal is reached (agency thinking). An in-depth analysis of individual participant perspectives was completed in an effort to understand their motivational experiences. With this in mind, the study examined the participant’s viewpoint regarding the role of hope and other positive influences on their academic success. Ten senior MSOC, from a large semi-urban high school, served as participants in the study. The data collection process was triangulated through the completion of the Children’s Hope Scale, academic transcript review, and individual interviews. The researcher was the principal of the school, conducted the interviews, and interacted with the participants to provide an in-depth analysis that would further inform the findings. This study aimed to provide educators with valuable data on the motivational experiences of MSOC to improve academic outcomes for this population. The findings suggest that MSOC most successfully navigate academic distress when they possess high hope levels, a positive and competitive mindset, surround themselves with supportive adults, and have educators of color in their schools.

Keywords: male students of color, academic success, hope

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sockman, Beth R.
Commitee: Lare, Douglas A., Hunt, Gene C.
School: East Stroudsburg University
Department: Educational Leadership and Administration
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, African American Studies, Teacher education
Keywords: Academic distress, Academic success, Black Students, Hope, Male Students of Color
Publication Number: 28264009
ISBN: 9798597062495
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