Success Factors of Young African-American Males at a Historically Black College

Overview

At a time when American society is desperately seeking to create hope for inner city black youth, this study serves as a tool to encourage those responsible for teaching and socializing young African-American males, who may feel they have little chance for success. The study involved 17 African-American male students at a historically black college in Miami, Florida. These students had great desire to achieve and did so despite daunting obstacles such as neighborhoods plagued with drugs, gangs, and crime. ...

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Overview

At a time when American society is desperately seeking to create hope for inner city black youth, this study serves as a tool to encourage those responsible for teaching and socializing young African-American males, who may feel they have little chance for success. The study involved 17 African-American male students at a historically black college in Miami, Florida. These students had great desire to achieve and did so despite daunting obstacles such as neighborhoods plagued with drugs, gangs, and crime. Interviewing students at the moment in their lives when they had successfully advanced beyond their environment, the author helps them to analyze their past in an honest manner.

The case studies of the individuals reveal that family is the most relevant factor in the student's success; particularly, the presence of one person who cares and encourages the young man is vital. In President Clinton's speech to the NAACP in July 1997, he remarked, I am tired of being told that children cannot succeed because of the difficulties of their circumstances. All we do is consign them to staying in the same circumstances. It is wrong. Through the stories of these students who have overcome their odds, this book can serve as an inspiration for younger African-American males to prevail over their own hardships.

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Ross taught at Florida Memorial College for 20 years before it became the subject of her study. She interviewed 34 members of a group called The President's Men, whose criteria for joining included a 3.0 grade-point-average, leadership potential, and community and campus involvement. The study investigates and documents the special strengths and skills that the group utilized to overcome economic and social hardships in pursuing their goals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897895354
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MARILYN J. ROSS is Professor of Higher Education at Florida Memorial College in Miami.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Need for Role Models for Inner-City Youths

Statement of the Problem

Purpose of the Study

Limitations

Definition of Terms

Significance of the Study

Review of the Literature

The Perseverance of the Black Male

The African-American Male "In Crisis"

The Lack of Male Role Models in the Inner City

The Significance of Role Models

The Significance of Mentorship

Black Colleges versus White Colleges for the Black Student

Trends in Higher Education for African-Americans

A Historical Perspective

Design of the Study

Initial Procedures

Ethnography

Phenomenology

Hermeneutics

Grounded Theory

Constant Comparative Method

Negative Case Analysis

Constructed Realities

Shiva's Circle

Methodology

The Setting

The Sample

The Interviewing Process

Trustworthiness Criteria

Triangulation

Transferability of the Study

Data Analysis

Editing Analysis Style

Division of the Study into Units

Research Questions

Categories of the Study

Coding Procedures

Documenting the Themes

Emergent Findings and Postreview of the Literature

Theme of Bonding

Link to Religion

Link to Family

Extended Kinship Relationships

Father's Role in the Home

The Absent Father

Link to a Caring Mentor and/or Role Model

Achievement Motivation

Distinguishing Characteristics Between Cluster and Cluster II

Analysis, Conclusion, and Recommendations

Analysis of Metaphors in the Study

Major Themes

Conclusions

Recommendations

Epilogue

References

Appendix

Index

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