Fischler College of Education: Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

Advisor

Roslyn Doctorow

Committee Member

Sandra Trotman

Abstract

The purpose of this applied dissertation was to explore the perceptions of academic success of Black males in the Black Belt in an effort for educators and community members to better understand and meet the needs of young Black men. In this study, the researcher conducted one 60-minute interview followed by one confirming interview with nine former students (Appendix D) who graduated from the local area high school. Interview questions (Appendix B) were developed by the researcher based on the research questions in the study. These use of these questions assisted in understanding the perceptions of academic success of these young Black men. From an analysis of the data gathered from the young men’s interviews, three prevalent themes emerged: 1) the meaning of academic success, 2) the role of the stakeholders, and 3) a boy’s only club. This study will allow educators and community members to examine the highlighted issues and to consider appropriate actions to meet the needs of young Black men.

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