Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1992

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

William Wolansky

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess factors affecting the success of African-American male graduate students utilizing a grounded theory approach. Of major importance was determining which factors were most important in their perseverance during graduate school. Those factors were: (1) personal characteristic profile information; (2) graduate assistantship experiences; (3) classroom and teacher expectations of student achievement and experiences of current graduate program; (4) financial aid resources for undergraduate and graduate education; (5) undergraduate academic preparation and performance; (6) the impact of parent support, religion, mentors, and others during their undergraduate and graduate education; (7) campus environment and institutional climate during graduate education; and (8) advantages, disadvantages, and problems in attending a predominantly white institution. An intensive semi-structured open-ended interview was conducted with each subject to identify perceptions and attitudes of African-American male graduate students attending Iowa State University. Of the 22 students interviewed, 13 were doctoral students and 9 were master's degree students. Results from the study provided insight into the attitudes, opinions, and perceptions of African-American male graduate students at a predominantly white institution. The previously identified factors were deemed important in the success of African-American male students.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9381

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Virginia Cortez Henderson

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9223930

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

164 pages

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