African Americans and College Choice: The Influence of by Kassie Freeman

By Kassie Freeman

Acknowledging the disparity among the variety of African American highschool scholars who aspire towards greater schooling and the quantity who really attend, this publication uncovers elements that impression African American scholars' judgements concerning university. Kassie Freeman brings new insights to the present physique of analysis on African americans and better schooling by way of reading the effect that relations, college, group, and residential have within the decision-making procedure. She explores particular elements that give a contribution to a student's predisposition towards larger schooling, together with gender, economics, and highschool curriculum, and seeks to bridge the space in realizing why aspiration doesn't instantly translate into participation. Educators and coverage makers attracted to expanding African American scholars' participation in greater schooling will enjoy the exploration of this paradox.

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The way that students in this category described when they began considering higher education and how their consideration was influenced is revealing. ” In response to what influenced her, she stated, “Well, really my mother. ” In fact, it appears that, in general, seekers are either influenced by family who most likely have not attended higher education or school officials (teachers or counselors) and sometimes the media, as some students indicated. The family members in this group tend to fall in the category of those who encourage the students to go beyond their own level of schooling (see chapter 1).

For example, a student attending the same school in Washington indicated this: I started thinking about it in elementary school, and I would hear the older kids when they [would] come home from college talk about it more, and I always wanted to go someday. Another student, attending another inner-city-school in Washington, indicated how she was influenced at age thirteen by the work of her friend’s mother: “I decided when I was about thirteen [that] I wanted to be a nurse. My friend’s mother is a nurse.

Students attending magnet schools as well can be in jeopardy of not choosing higher education. A student attending a magnet school in Chicago had this to say: I started this year. I wasn’t really into school; but now that I feel that I need more things in life, I started realizing that I should further my education; so, I just started my junior year. Another student attending a magnet school in Los Angeles captures what can happen to students when they do not have adequate information: When I [was] thirteen, I wanted to go to college but I couldn’t afford it.

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