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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Education (also CAGS)

Year Degree Awarded

2018

Month Degree Awarded

February

First Advisor

Jeffrey Eiseman

Second Advisor

Ernest Washington

Third Advisor

John Bracey

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify and evaluate specific strategies that encouraged school personnel and African-American family members to collaborate in a spirit of mutual respect to promote and support student learning and development in high school mathematics. Three research questions were used to (a) determine if strategies identified by the participants were effective or non-effective, (b) determine if there were any similarities or differences with respect to how family members and school personnel think about or assess specific strategies, and (c) assess the results of implemented strategies. This goal was accomplished by (1) convening a group of parents and attempting to mobilize them, and (2) encouraging teachers, administrators, or counselors to (a) rethink their assumption that African American families contribute little to their children’s education and value education only if they participate in school-based involvement activities; and (b) adapt and engage in particular kinds of outreach and collaboration suggested by Abdul-Adil & Farmer, Reglin, Schurr, and Trotman. One study goal is to determine which strategies are identified by the participants as being effective or non-effective, and if there are any similarities or differences with respect to how family members and school personnel think about or assess specific strategies. Another is to promote the implementation of selected strategies and mathematics intervention, document the process, and assess the results.

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