Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development

First Advisor

Malik Henfield

Abstract

This qualitative study examined African-American student athletes' perceptions of engagement at a Division One Predominately White Institution. Bronfenbrenner's social ecological theory was used as a framework to explore the following research questions: How do African-American student-athletes make meaning of campus engagement? How do African-American student-athletes engage with their university? Four themes emerged from the data: (a) Unfulfilled Expectations; (b) Feelings of Isolation; (c) Commitment to Sport and (d) Social Involvement. The findings suggested that home, school community and societal factors may be linked to the differential experiences African-American student-athletes reported, and, as a result, may be worthy of additional exploration. Implications for African-American student-athletes and their families, as well as K-16 administrators were reported.

Keywords

AFRICAN-AMERICAN, COLLEGE EXPERIENCE, EDUCATIONALLY PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITIES, ENGAGEMENT, PERCEPTIONS, STUDENT-ATHLETES

Pages

x, 112 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-112).

Copyright

Copyright © 2015 Tawanda Patricia Carson Owens

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