Learning experiences of adult African American women at selected Midwest postsecondary institutions

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dc.contributor.author Peck, Laura Content
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-07T14:06:05Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-07T14:06:05Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-07T14:06:05Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6301
dc.description.abstract This study examined how adult African American women experienced learning at two post-secondary institutions in the Midwest; a diverse, urban community college, and a predominantly white research university. The study also considered how barriers, challenges, responsibilities, and support systems impacted their learning experiences. Gender, race and age were variables of interest, and three theoretical lenses; Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger and Tarule's Women's Ways of Knowing, McClusky's Theory of Margin/Adult Roles and Responsibilities, and Critical Race Theory were used to explore the participants' experience of learning. This topic was of interest due to the paucity of research conducted in the area of post-secondary institutions, with adult African American women in the Midwest. This study found that learners used active learning, linked their learning to their life experiences, encountered racism, experienced barriers; situational, institutional, dispositional, and information; utilized familial, instructor, peer and spiritual support systems, would benefit from career advising, and that career goal uncertainty was a common obstruction. The women participating in this research were determined, motivated and goal oriented, and served as role models for their children, sought education to improve their lives, and emphasized the importance of education to reach career and life goals. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Midwest African American Women en_US
dc.subject Barriers and Challenges en_US
dc.title Learning experiences of adult African American women at selected Midwest postsecondary institutions en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Educational Leadership en_US
dc.description.advisor Sarah Jane Fishback en_US
dc.subject.umi Education, Adult and Continuing (0516) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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