EdD (Doctor of Education)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
John Boyd Jr., Eric Glover, Arnold Nyarambi
The focus of this study was individual and community assets and barriers that African American students living in disadvantaged low income communities encounter in their efforts to complete high school. The research questions were focused on understanding the high school experiences of students who graduated and of students who dropped out. The study was a comparison of the data collected from interviews of former students to the 15 interventions identified as most effective by the National Dropout Prevention Network (http://dropoutprevention.org/effective-strategies/).
Findings suggested that 6 of the 15 developmental assets were effective for enabling African American students to graduate from high school. These developmental assets were school-community collaboration, mentoring, family engagement, alternative schooling, after school opportunities, and active learning. The findings of this study may improve teaching and learning in K-12 schools and communities to increase graduation rates for minority students.
Dissertation - Open Access
Johnson, Randall J., "Developmental Assets Supporting High School Graduation Among African American Students" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3147. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3147
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