By Kassie Freeman
Acknowledging the disparity among the variety of African American highschool scholars who aspire towards larger schooling and the quantity who really attend, this ebook uncovers elements that effect African American scholars' judgements relating to university. Kassie Freeman brings new insights to the present physique of analysis on African americans and better schooling by way of studying the impression that family members, tuition, neighborhood, and residential have within the decision-making method. 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 distance in figuring out why aspiration doesn't instantly translate into participation. Educators and coverage makers drawn to expanding African American scholars' participation in better schooling will enjoy the exploration of this paradox.
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However, they have missed the spark that seekers have received from family, peers, or school. Students in this category lack information and direction, and as students have described it, they lose hope. In other words, in addition to the social barriers, these students face psychological barriers (Freeman, 1997). That is, they lose hope or cannot see options beyond high school. For example, a senior attending an inner-city high school in Chicago demonstrated how he might be dreaming of higher education participation but might be at risk of not participating, when he stated: I haven’t chosen the school because I am still waiting on the SAT scores to come back, but I want to get into business management where you got the computer technology [and] business management because I [have] always wanted my own business, or something, you know, something like that.
However, with African American families, the value of higher education is often instilled even when family members have not participated in higher education. The Influence of Family 17 Encouragement to Go Beyond the Family’s Level of Education Some African American students reported that their parents or extended family encouraged them (implicitly or explicitly) to go beyond their own level of schooling. Understandably, the responses in this category typically came from students whose parents or family members had not attended college.
There is much debate about the age of decision making to choose higher education participation. The debate, however, does not appear to have generated much empirical evidence. It does appear that the federal government, through its GEAR UP program, has concluded that the appropriate time to begin to influence the process is middle school (that is, seventh grade). However, to help us better understand when African American students begin to make the decision to go to college, the students surveyed in this chapter reported on not only at what point they were influenced but how they recall that the event or circumstances associated with a particular period influenced them.
African Americans and College Choice: The Influence of Family and School by Kassie Freeman