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Virtual Graduate School Mentoring Using Embodied Conversational Agents, Kinnis Gosha, Juan E. Gilbert, Kamal Middlebrook Dec 2015

Virtual Graduate School Mentoring Using Embodied Conversational Agents, Kinnis Gosha, Juan E. Gilbert, Kamal Middlebrook

Morehouse Faculty Publications

It has been a major goal of the United States government to increase the participation of Americans in the fields of Science & Engineering (S&E), especially in under-represented groups. This research examines the use of an embodied conversational agent (ECA) as a virtual mentor to African American undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in computing. Mentoring advice was collected from a group of experts and programed within the ECA. A between-group, mixed method experiment was conducted with 37 African American male undergraduate computer science majors where one group used the ECA mentor while the other group pursued ...


The Social Activism And Theology Of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Lauren D. Brisbon Jul 2015

The Social Activism And Theology Of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Lauren D. Brisbon

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This dissertation examines a need for black theology and its impact on social activism in the theological community in the United States. Black theology is a necessary component in the work of a theologian. In this research, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.'s social activism is examined within the context of black theology. Based on this study, black theology provides a theological framework for theologians to follow to become social agents in their community.

In the 1960s, a group of radical, African-American clergy interpreted Christianity from the black American struggle perspective as it relates to freedom in America. Black theology includes ...


Understanding The Difficulties African-American Middle School Girls Face While Enacting Computational Algorithmic Thinking In The Context Of Game Design, Jakita O. Thomas, O. Carlette Odemwingie, Quimeka Saunders, Malika Watlerd Jun 2015

Understanding The Difficulties African-American Middle School Girls Face While Enacting Computational Algorithmic Thinking In The Context Of Game Design, Jakita O. Thomas, O. Carlette Odemwingie, Quimeka Saunders, Malika Watlerd

Spelman College Faculty Publications

Computational algorithmic thinking (CAT) is the ability to design, implement, and assess the implementation of algorithms to solve a range of problems. It involves identifying and understanding a problem, articulating an algorithm or set of algorithms in the form of a solution to the problem, implementing that solution in such a way that it solves the problem, and evaluating the solution based on some set of criteria. CAT has roots in Mathematics, through problem solving and algorithmic thinking. CAT lies at the heart of Computer Science, which is defined as the study of algorithms. CAT embodies the ability to think ...


An Historical Analysis Of Edward Wilmot Blyden, 1821-1912, Alfred Emmanuel Brimah Worley May 2015

An Historical Analysis Of Edward Wilmot Blyden, 1821-1912, Alfred Emmanuel Brimah Worley

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This study investigated the productiveness of the legacy of Edward Wilmot Blyden as an educator, Pan-Negro Patriot, politician, and missionary from 1821 to 1912. The study was based on the premise that Blyden contributed to the re-Africanization of freed blacks who emigrated to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Historical analysis was used as a methodology for the investigation of Blyden's effectiveness on the various roles he fulfilled toward helping freed blacks in their struggles to become African. The researcher found that freed blacks who had emigrated to Liberia and Sierra Leone, in West Africa, were able to adapt and to ...


Flight: An Epic Journey In The Legend Of The Flying Africans, Darlene D. Thomas May 2015

Flight: An Epic Journey In The Legend Of The Flying Africans, Darlene D. Thomas

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This study examines the term flight, as both motif and as consciousness in the legend of the flying Africans, and the cosmological differences as represented in four texts: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Paula Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, Ralph Ellison's Flying Home, and Octavia Butler's Kindred. Flight is measured in terms of recurring patterns found within the texts and their meanings given by the authors. The problem of this research stems from the issue that the Gullah, direct descendents of the flying Africans (Igbos) along the Coastal Sea Islands of the United States, have upheld ...