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 e-book uncovers components that impression African American scholars' judgements relating to university. Kassie Freeman brings new insights to the present physique of study on African americans and better schooling by means of interpreting the influence that kinfolk, tuition, neighborhood, and residential have within the decision-making technique. She explores particular components 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 drawn to expanding African American scholars' participation in larger schooling will enjoy the exploration of this paradox.
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It appears that the best chance of influencing students’ decision-making process is in elementary school. During this phase of their lives, students are Turning Point 31 more receptive to possibilities, and they are malleable enough to mold their beliefs in themselves—to believe that they can go to college. It also causes them to place more emphasis on making good grades and setting good study habits, as well as develop self-esteem. Although schools play a major role in shaping students into seekers (which will be discussed in later chapters), families and peers also are crucial.
This chapter demonstrates the importance of going beyond socioeconomic status when examining and understanding the influence of African American families on their children’s college choice process. As indicated in this chapter, there are families across the socioeconomic spectrum that influence their children to pursue postsecondary education. In order to influence the students in homes where parents are not educated or are not financially well off, a more in-depth understanding of the ways these families influence their children is necessary.
CHAPTER 2 Turning Point: When Decisions are Made S ince the process of deciding to attend college is complex, in order to influence the process it is imperative to better understand when African American students begin to decide that higher education is an option or to reject it as an option. Yet, surprisingly, very little research appears to be conducted on narrowing the window on the age or grade when students are influenced in this important decision. There is much debate about the age of decision making to choose higher education participation.
African Americans and College Choice: The Influence of Family and School by Kassie Freeman