Capstone/Dissertation Title

A critical race examination of the racial academic achievement gap between African-American females and white students in the U.S.

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question that is addressed is, how do four successful twelfth grade African-American students describe influential factors involved with accomplishing academic success? The factors, which I address, are (1) Role of Parents, (2) Student Engagement, (3) Curriculum Redevelopment, (4) After School Programs, and (5) Student-Teacher Relationship. This study focuses on the experiences of the academic achievement gap from African-American women's perspectives in the U.S. The research was done through a comparative case study that included critical autoethnography and interviews. Data is expressed through participants' voices, and analysis offers insights into their situations in schools and U.S. society.

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