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The Perception Of Non-Cognitive And Other Factors On African- American Males' Persistence From Freshman To Sophomore Year At An Hbcu: Implications For Educational Leaders, George Johnson Jr Dec 2017

The Perception Of Non-Cognitive And Other Factors On African- American Males' Persistence From Freshman To Sophomore Year At An Hbcu: Implications For Educational Leaders, George Johnson Jr

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High School Teacher Perceptions On The Influence Of Inquiry Science Labs On Student Performance On The Georgia High School Graduation Test (Ghsgt) In An Urban School District, Zawadaski L. Robinson May 2016

High School Teacher Perceptions On The Influence Of Inquiry Science Labs On Student Performance On The Georgia High School Graduation Test (Ghsgt) In An Urban School District, Zawadaski L. Robinson

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This study served to properly illustrate the relationship between teacher perceptions of science instruction in both traditional schools and small learning community-based schools. Further, this study also served to illustrate how these perceptions and ideologies impact student achievement as evidenced on state standardized tests. Using the independent variables of number of years of teaching experience for the teacher, teacher perceptions of science instruction in traditional schools, teacher perceptions of science instruction in small learning communities, and teacher perceptions of correlation between teaching style and student achievement, this study determined the manner of correlation between perception and practice. A mixed method ...


Factors For Educational Leaders To Consider That May Affect Teacher And Parent Perceptions Of The Academic Achievement Of Eighth Grade African- American Male Students, Toma Redmon May 2016

Factors For Educational Leaders To Consider That May Affect Teacher And Parent Perceptions Of The Academic Achievement Of Eighth Grade African- American Male Students, Toma Redmon

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the factors that may affect teacher and parent perception of the academic achievement of eighth grade African American male students. The independent variables were socioeconomic status, family structure, perceived self-esteem, peer affiliations, extracurricular activities, and student behavior. The dependent variable was student achievement. The qualitative case study method was specifically selected for this study to examine the similarities and differences of two groups of African-American male students. The researcher collected data and offered strategies and recommendations for school and district-level leadership to identify and better support African-American male students.

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Parental Involvement In Twenty-First Century Schools And The Implication Of The Changing Family Structure: Recommendations For Leaders, Annetta R. Smith May 2016

Parental Involvement In Twenty-First Century Schools And The Implication Of The Changing Family Structure: Recommendations For Leaders, Annetta R. Smith

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The purpose of this mixed-methods study is to identify major factors that directly affect parental involvement in 21st century schools. This study examined several elements of parental involvement. It calculated the idea of the changing family context and parental involvement, technology and parental involvement, the impact of Cultural Capital and parental involvement, the impact of the Academic Parent Teacher Teams program and parental involvement, and parents' demographics and parental involvement. Data gathered to inform the research were derived from parent surveys and teachers and administrators interviews. The research examined the relationship between the parental involvement and parents' perception of the ...


A Case Study Examining The Influence Of Youth Culture And College Experience On Student Persistence Among Underserved African- American Students, Sonya S. Okoli May 2016

A Case Study Examining The Influence Of Youth Culture And College Experience On Student Persistence Among Underserved African- American Students, Sonya S. Okoli

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how youth culture influences the attitudes and motivations of African-American junior college students who have aspirations to complete postsecondary credentials to advance their socioeconomic status but do not persist. In this study, youth culture was defined as the values, norms, and practices shared by African-American youth between the ages of 18-24, indicative of the way they chose to live life and make decisions. The independent variables were Academic Self-Concept, Student Educational Experience, College Bridge Programs, Academic Advisement, Faculty Involvement and Interaction, Extracurricular Activities,

Youth Culture, Family Support, Socioeconomic Status, Black Media ...


Successful Leadership Characteristics Of Elementary School Leaders And The Impact On Consecutive Student Achievement, Deborah Wilson Dec 2013

Successful Leadership Characteristics Of Elementary School Leaders And The Impact On Consecutive Student Achievement, Deborah Wilson

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This dissertation provides important research for aspiring and current administrators. It provides data on select leadership characteristics and the impact on student achievement. The problem was inconsistent student achievement in select elementary schools of the local education agency. The Local Education Agency (LEA) selected for the study has a total of 81 elementary schools. During the 2010 and 2011 school years, 41 elementary schools achieved adequate yearly progress. The challenge in the LEA is the creation of sustained student achievement across all elementary schools. The purpose of the study was to examine if there was a significant relationship between student ...


The Basic Funtion Calculator And Factors Of Other Variables That May Impact Achievement On The Georgia Math Crct For Students With Disabilities, Willie M. White-Martin Dec 2013

The Basic Funtion Calculator And Factors Of Other Variables That May Impact Achievement On The Georgia Math Crct For Students With Disabilities, Willie M. White-Martin

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This study is a quantitative analysis of the performance of seventh grade students with disabilities on the state standardized mathematics test, the Georgia Math Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), across a three-year period. Information pertinent to the outcome of this study was gathered at an urban middle school in Atlanta, Georgia with an enrollment of approximately 800 students. The research was designed to determine whether or not the basic function calculator was a viable intervention for students with disabilities on the Georgia Math CRCT. The sample for this study identified 52 seventh graders with disabilities and 11 math educators at ...


Can Roses Grow From Concrete? A Case Study Of Parental Involvement, Teacher Morale, School Culture, And Student Achievement In An Urban Alternative School, Natasha Michelle Woody Dec 2013

Can Roses Grow From Concrete? A Case Study Of Parental Involvement, Teacher Morale, School Culture, And Student Achievement In An Urban Alternative School, Natasha Michelle Woody

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The purpose of this study is to appropriately illustrate the correlation between the interdependent variables of parental involvement, teacher morale, school culture, and their impact on the definition and attainment of student achievement as seen in an urban alternative school. This study is based on the premise that the aforementioned variables are the most essential components in the success of an urban alternative school, as these variables impact one another and work in concert to impact the level of success in an urban alternative school, as seen in the student achievement.

A grounded theory case study approach was used to ...


The Efficacy Of The School Governance Models Of Local Board Of Education Control And Mayoral Control In Relation To Student Achievement: A Comparison Study With Implications For Educational Leaders, Lori Singleton Dec 2013

The Efficacy Of The School Governance Models Of Local Board Of Education Control And Mayoral Control In Relation To Student Achievement: A Comparison Study With Implications For Educational Leaders, Lori Singleton

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Fueled by the demand for increased student achievement in schools among many metropolitan cities, an emerging trend in school governance models has gained the attention of mayors, governors, house and senate representatives who have a vested interest in the results of local schools. This trend a move away from the structure of local school board control of schools toward mayoral control of school has been a response many cities sought to implement in the wake of stagnating student achievement. To aid other cities in the decision to change, the goal of this quantitative study was to investigate if changing the ...


A Qualitative Investigation Of Factors Associated With The Disproportionate Number Of Students Referred For Special Education Testing Through The Response To Intervention Process, Vaneisa P. Benjamin Jul 2013

A Qualitative Investigation Of Factors Associated With The Disproportionate Number Of Students Referred For Special Education Testing Through The Response To Intervention Process, Vaneisa P. Benjamin

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The purpose of this research study was to determine if teachers responsible for implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) in elementary schools within the district of the study contributed to a disproportionate amount of students being referred for special education testing through the Response to Intervention process. The researcher examined teacher understanding of Response to Intervention and the implementation of the process. The method used involved a qualitative study that included three data collections methods to measure the teacher's perceptions: individual face-to-face interview sessions, written surveys, and a focus group interview. Participants in the study included 12 classroom teachers for ...


A Mixed Method Study On Factors That Influence Employee Morale Of Full-Time Live-In Professional Staff At Two Single-Gender Institutions Of Higher Education: Implications For Educational Leaders, Michael Turner Jul 2013

A Mixed Method Study On Factors That Influence Employee Morale Of Full-Time Live-In Professional Staff At Two Single-Gender Institutions Of Higher Education: Implications For Educational Leaders, Michael Turner

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The role of the full-time, live-in professional staff member is one of critical importance to college and university communities, especially as it relates to the management of the co-curricular, holistic living and learning experience that is to be provided within an on-campus residential facility. Thousands of students undertake the collegiate experience each year, and the full-time, live-in professional staff assumes the critical role of "pseudo parent" for these students that have now come to call their college campuses home. The responsibilities are major and the impact of the full-time, live-in professional staff upon students under his or her supervision can ...


Factors That Influence Teachers' Perception Of School Climate At One Metro Atlanta High School, Raymond Dajuan Leonard May 2013

Factors That Influence Teachers' Perception Of School Climate At One Metro Atlanta High School, Raymond Dajuan Leonard

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This study examines factors that influence teachers’ perception of school climate such as learning community, leadership style, student discipline, administrative support, teacher workload, parental involvement, professional development, teacher collaboration, perception ofjob security, and perception of teacher value and its subsequence effect on the learning environment of a newly opened high school in a metropolitan Atlanta school district. The high school in this study has just completed its first year in operation and must make organizational structural changes to better serve the needs of the attending student population and meet the federal mandate previsions of the NCLB Act of 2001.

The ...


Selected Variables And Factors Related To Performance Of Students With Disabilities: Implications For School Leaders, Yolanda Brownlee-Williams May 2013

Selected Variables And Factors Related To Performance Of Students With Disabilities: Implications For School Leaders, Yolanda Brownlee-Williams

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The purpose of this study was to examine the extent of the relationship of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores in Reading and Math for students with disabilities and purposefully selected independent variables in selected Title I schools. It was the goal of this study to disclose some of the variables that directly impact the performance of students with disabilities (SWDs) on the CRCT in order to improve instructional practices of classroom teachers, the quality of educational leadership programs, the awareness of school leaders on the needs of SWDs and the teachers that provide instruction to them, and to give ...


An Investigation Of The Relationship Of Selected End Of The Course Test Scores And Selected Perceptions Of Teachers On The Use Of Technology In An Urban High School Cluster, Terance Larnard Shipman May 2013

An Investigation Of The Relationship Of Selected End Of The Course Test Scores And Selected Perceptions Of Teachers On The Use Of Technology In An Urban High School Cluster, Terance Larnard Shipman

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The purpose of this study was to determine if teachers use of instructional technology and other factors would influence End-of-Course Test (EOCT) scores. The EOCT scores were analyzed in terms of, gender, ethnicity, teacher experience, teacher qualifications, and instructional practices. Establishing a relationship between the independent variables and performance levels on the EOCT scores may allow schools leaders to develop possible intervention strategies for high school students. The research study was conducted at a high school in an Urban School cluster. The criteria for the selection were those students who attended the high school and who took the EOCT for ...


Investigating The Effectiveness Of The Intervention Reading Models Of Two Teachers In Grades K-2, Rachel A. Williams May 2013

Investigating The Effectiveness Of The Intervention Reading Models Of Two Teachers In Grades K-2, Rachel A. Williams

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This study examines the effectiveness of two reading interventionists and their teaching methodologies with students in grades K-2. The two interventionists were selected because they are the two teachers responsible for reading intervention in the primary grades. The students were selected because they are being served by the interventionists and they are performing below proficient in reading. Many students come into Title I schools underperforming for a variety of reasons. These include a lack of literacy resources in their homes and also a lack of outside experiences. Many parents in this school setting are working poor. They hold jobs, but ...


Teacher Self-Efficacy, Teacher Collective Efficacy, And Job Satisfication In Small Learning Communities And Small Schools: Implications For Educational Leaders, Curtis Armour Jr. Dec 2012

Teacher Self-Efficacy, Teacher Collective Efficacy, And Job Satisfication In Small Learning Communities And Small Schools: Implications For Educational Leaders, Curtis Armour Jr.

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The traditional comprehensive high school model is facing overwhelming scrutiny as educational leaders and policy makers are deeming them ineffective. With the steady decline of standardized test scores and overall student achievement, school district administrators, with the assistance of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, began the daunting task of transforming these large comprehensive high schools into Small Learning Communities and Small Schools. These smaller learning environments are meant to provide a more specialized education for students that focus on specific learning pathways. The primary purpose of this study is to examine teacher self-efficacy, collective efficacy, and job satisfaction of ...


"Rock The Mic!" The Influence Of Hip-Hop Culture On Black Boys' Attitude In School: A Critical Ethnography, Douglass M. Sanders Jr. Dec 2012

"Rock The Mic!" The Influence Of Hip-Hop Culture On Black Boys' Attitude In School: A Critical Ethnography, Douglass M. Sanders Jr.

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Hip-Hop educational research is critical to understanding the plight of black boys in public schools throughout the United States. This qualitative inquiry fills a void in the research literature that often fails to include the emic perspectives of the participants involved. To confront the challenges black male youth face in school studies that capture their salient voices about lived-experiences are crucial. Nonetheless, this critical ethnography provides a praxis for educational practitioners to use to gain valuable insight into the minds of school age black males. This study contributes to the canon of educational research by situating hip-hop culture and its ...


The Relationship Between Persistence, Ability-To Pay, And Other Selected Variables At A Highly Selective, Urban Hbcu, Kara R. Gardner Dec 2012

The Relationship Between Persistence, Ability-To Pay, And Other Selected Variables At A Highly Selective, Urban Hbcu, Kara R. Gardner

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Gaining admissions into higher education is not nearly as challenging as persisting to degree attainment. Promising black students are failing to complete higher education pursuits, but what can institutions of higher education do to reverse this trend, particularly in the HBCU environment, where the average graduation rate is 42% (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 2008)? The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship intent to persist and actual persistence may have with ability-to-pay, socioeconomic status, and other selected variables at a private, highly selective, urban, HBCU. Pearson Correlation was utilized to analyze survey and student record data ...


Difference In Ninth-Grade Student Performance Between Small Learning Communities And Traditional High School Models, Jormell Bland Cofield Dec 2012

Difference In Ninth-Grade Student Performance Between Small Learning Communities And Traditional High School Models, Jormell Bland Cofield

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The purpose of this causal-comparative research study was to determine the extent to which ninth-grade student performances are impacted by the small learning community model. The urban high school of interest performed higher than the district in all accountability areas, and was comparable to the state in all areas except ninth-grade on track performance. Transforming this urban school district into small learning conmiunities was planned in order to address the needs of students with the ultimate goal of increasing the graduation rate and lowering the dropout rate. The urban school district being investigated in this study began the SLC transformation ...


Young, Gifted, And Disadvantaged: A Study Of Key Program And Personnel Factors Related To The Underrepresentation Of African-American Disadvantaged Students In The Talented And Gifted Program In Two Urban Middle Schools In The Atlanta Metro Region, Billie Deshun Rucker-Edwards Dec 2012

Young, Gifted, And Disadvantaged: A Study Of Key Program And Personnel Factors Related To The Underrepresentation Of African-American Disadvantaged Students In The Talented And Gifted Program In Two Urban Middle Schools In The Atlanta Metro Region, Billie Deshun Rucker-Edwards

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African Americans continue to be the smallest represented segment of population in gifted education. The significance of this study was to determine the impact of teacher perception and influence on the screening process of African-American students into the gifted studies programs of two economically disadvantaged schools in a metro Atlanta school system. This study took a look at how teachers perceive students and what other influences have an impact on African-Americans students in economically disadvantaged communities and their choice to seek participation in the gifted studies program. This research study also analyzed the multiple criteria process that has been the ...


Diversity In The Use Of Technology In Instruction And Assessment Strategies In One Predominantly African-American Metro Atlanta Public High School, Jason Thomas James Jul 2012

Diversity In The Use Of Technology In Instruction And Assessment Strategies In One Predominantly African-American Metro Atlanta Public High School, Jason Thomas James

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The purpose of this sequential mixed method research study is to examine the effects of the technology in the classroom, and to understand why highly qualified teachers in metro Atlanta who teach minority, low income students and diversity in the use of technology in their lesson plans, assessments, instruction, expectations from students, and in-class student time. These teachers did attend mandatory in-service training where they were not only trained to use technology; they were cautioned they would be evaluated on their regular use of technology in their lessons. The participants are representative of teachers from Metro Atlanta who have been ...


The Influence Of Mentoring And Other Factors On The Student Reading Achievement In A New Orleans Charter Public School, Sean T. Deas Jul 2012

The Influence Of Mentoring And Other Factors On The Student Reading Achievement In A New Orleans Charter Public School, Sean T. Deas

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Due to low performance in student achievement of the students in the Uptown New Orleans school district, community leaders decided to pool resources and skills and create an education plan that was designed to increase reading literacy. It is believed low income students in the New Orleans schools may not receive educational home support to improve reading performance. It is believed that this type reading program would provide individual reading support that would improve literacy, but also it would develop confidence and desire to learn (Burgess, 2002). This environment was designed to replicate the traditional family setting with high reading ...


An Investigation Of The Belief System Held By African-American Male College Students Regarding The Influence Of Selected Variables Upon Their Retention And Persistence Toward Graduation, Ravenell Christopher Dupree Jul 2012

An Investigation Of The Belief System Held By African-American Male College Students Regarding The Influence Of Selected Variables Upon Their Retention And Persistence Toward Graduation, Ravenell Christopher Dupree

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The purpose of this research is to quantify the general beliefs of African- American males currently enrolled in college regarding selected factors that may have a substantial impact on their retention in college and persistence toward graduation. The factors selected were secondary preparation, institutional social adjustment programs, personal support from faculty and staff, academic support, parental expectations and involvement, financial aid, economic return on investment, and extracurricular activities. These factors were selected by the researcher because they were salient themes in research by previous researchers such as Robertson (2008), Eaves (2009), Freemen (2005), Harper (2012), Valbrun (2011) and many others ...


Persistence Of Graduate Students At An Urban Research Institution In The Southeastern Region Of The United States, Lakeisha Nicole Gibbs Jul 2012

Persistence Of Graduate Students At An Urban Research Institution In The Southeastern Region Of The United States, Lakeisha Nicole Gibbs

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Attrition rates have remained at the breadth of significant concerns for higher education institutions. During the progression toward a graduate degree, countless students lose focus and “stop-out.” An unsuccessful practice in higher education is the lack of concentrated initiatives to retain graduate students and assist in providing resources to support persistence. Alas, graduate students are abandoned and forced to navigate programs in isolation. Therefore, this study examined the problem of persistence of students in graduate programs and the extent to which variation in such persistence may be influenced by: (a) demographic factors, (b) program advisement, (c) research advisement, (d) financial ...


A Multiple Case Study Analysis: The Perception Of Female Principals Of The Influence Of Social Norms And Gender Roles On Their Effectiveness And Secondary School Instructional Leaders, Calandra Leann Brown Jul 2012

A Multiple Case Study Analysis: The Perception Of Female Principals Of The Influence Of Social Norms And Gender Roles On Their Effectiveness And Secondary School Instructional Leaders, Calandra Leann Brown

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The purpose of this study was to examine how female principals perceive the influence of social norms and gender roles on their effectiveness as secondary instructional leaders. This study sought to contextualize the experiences and perception of women as secondary instructional leaders to provide insight to leadership preparation programs, aspirants, and school systems. This study used a multiple case study analysis of two female principals by collecting data through interviews, observations, and document reviews. The researcher found that the female principals in this study do not perceive the influence of social norms nor gender roles on their effectiveness as secondary ...


Factors That Influence Students’ Success In Learning Support At A Two-Year Community College., Alecia Lynette Watkins May 2012

Factors That Influence Students’ Success In Learning Support At A Two-Year Community College., Alecia Lynette Watkins

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The University System of Georgia (USG) requires students take the COMPASS placement exam to determine their academic level and if they are ready for the rigor of college-level courses prior to taking any courses. The COMPASS evaluates students’ skill levels in reading, writing, math, and English as a Second Language (ESL) (American College Testing [ACT], 2010). Students who test below the acceptable standard scores are placed into Learning Support (LS) courses, designed to help build the foundational skills needed for success in college-level courses. A student is successful if he or she passes the LS course(s) with a grade ...


A Mixed Method Study Assessing The Level Of Satisfaction Of A High School Counseling Program As Perceived By Stakeholders: Implications For Educational Leaders, Melissa D. Eades-Gadson May 2012

A Mixed Method Study Assessing The Level Of Satisfaction Of A High School Counseling Program As Perceived By Stakeholders: Implications For Educational Leaders, Melissa D. Eades-Gadson

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of satisfaction of a high school counseling program based on the perceptions of parents, students, teachers, and administrators. One hundred and ten high school seniors that were 18 years of age and older, 59 parents, and 45 teachers at a high school in the Atlanta metropolitan area participated in this study. Five administrators and four counselors completed an open end questionnaire. The participants were asked to complete a survey and questionnaire that were developed by the researcher. There were 11 research questions that guided this study.

The results indicated that ...


Student, Teacher,And Educational Leader Perceptions Of The Quality Of Implementation Of An Advanced Placement Program In A Select Urban High School: A Mixed Methods Study, Quail T. Arnold May 2012

Student, Teacher,And Educational Leader Perceptions Of The Quality Of Implementation Of An Advanced Placement Program In A Select Urban High School: A Mixed Methods Study, Quail T. Arnold

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The purpose of this mixed methods study was to investigate the factors that impact the quality of implementation of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program at a select urban high school and determine if the implementation methods can be attributed to the exam success rates. Furthermore, this study analyzed the quality of program implementation through student and teacher perceptions to investigate a relationship between factors of implementation and student performance on the AP exams. This research was conducted at a large metropolitan Atlanta high school, with a large minority population, located in the suburbs of a large urban school district in ...


Internationalizing The Black College: An Investigation Of The Stage Of Readiness Of Private Black Colleges As It Relates To Select Benchmarks For Comprehensive Internationalization, Anthony Louis Pinder May 2012

Internationalizing The Black College: An Investigation Of The Stage Of Readiness Of Private Black Colleges As It Relates To Select Benchmarks For Comprehensive Internationalization, Anthony Louis Pinder

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the state of internationalization at the private Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs), and to identify select factors that drive or restrain the internationalization process at these particular institutions. The problem of practice explored by this study was that despite the research in U. S. higher education on internationalization, unique conditions exists, which impact comprehensive internationalization at private HBCUs. The problem of research addressed by this study was that although the literature indicates a wide array of approaches to internationalization in higher education, it does not include a study that specifically examines the ...


Perceptions Of African-American Middle School Gifted Students Regarding Factors That Influence Their Attrition In Gifted Education Programs, Jefferson D. Amelia May 2012

Perceptions Of African-American Middle School Gifted Students Regarding Factors That Influence Their Attrition In Gifted Education Programs, Jefferson D. Amelia

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This study examines the relationship between the attrition of African-American gifted students’ participation in gifted programs and their racial identity, cultural attitude, self-esteem, group membership, teacher support, and student demographics from the student’s perspective.

This study was based on the premise that some underrepresentation of African- American gifted students is partially caused by gifted students own choices not to participate in gifted programs. This concept is less explored in the research with the John Uzo Ogbu (2003) controversial research as its foundation.

A Pearson r Product Moment Correlation Coefficient research study was used to determine if there was a ...