“Dreamkeepers”: School Experiences From The Voices Of Successful Adult African American Males

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Connie Miles Cole (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/
Roma Angel

Abstract: While there is an abundance of literature portraying the African American male in a negative light, this study focused on successful African American males and explored educational practices that contributed to their academic success. This study asked successful Black adult school leaders to reflect on their early school experiences and to discuss the impact of their school experiences on their academic success. In addition, this study explored the commitments successful adult males made to support young Black males and focused on the guidance these men provided to support school success. In this interpretive qualitative study, a phenomenological approach was employed to document, in their own voices, the early school experiences of successful African American male school administrators. Ladson-Billings’ (2009) characteristics and critical dimensions of culturally relevant teaching were employed to guide this study. Results indicated that the Black adult male participants experienced academic success during their early school experiences and that they have success stories to voice despite the predominance of negative research in the literature. These African American male school leaders experienced teachers that Ladson-Billings would describe as Dreamkeepers.

Additional Information

Cole, C.M. (2014). “Dreamkeepers”: School Experiences From The Voices Of Successful Adult African American Males. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2014
Dreamkeepers, Successful , African American males, Black males, School Experiences,

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