Title

It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know: An Examination of the Role of Social Capital has on the Experiences of African American Males during Their First Semester of College

Defense Date

3-10-2009

Graduation Date

Spring 1-1-2009

Availability

Campus Only

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

EdD

Department

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Education Leaders (IDPEL)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Peter Miller

Committee Member

Robert Furman

Committee Member

Kenneth Burkley

Keywords

Black, Males, Social, Capital

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to learn about the role social capital has on the experiences of African American males during their first semester of college. This study was guided by the writings of James Coleman. Throughout the study, I examined the experiences of four African American males in order to gain deeper understandings of how their families, prior schooling, communities in which they were raised, and experiences during their first semester of college were affected by affected by social capital. The findings suggest social capital facilitates productive educational experiences for students as they transition from high school to college. Informed by these findings, I present several implications for future research recommendations.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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