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 booklet uncovers elements that effect African American scholars' judgements concerning collage. Kassie Freeman brings new insights to the present physique of analysis on African americans and better schooling by means of interpreting the effect that relatives, tuition, group, and residential have within the decision-making method. She explores particular components that give a contribution to a student's predisposition towards better 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 attracted to expanding African American scholars' participation in better schooling will enjoy the exploration of this paradox.
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Do they perceive a return on their investment in higher education? If so, how do they impart this value of education to their children, that is, do their children perceive the same value? In order to understand the context of how African American families influence the college choice process of their children, it is important to first review the value that these families have placed on education over time and in what ways they have passed on their value of education, particularly higher education, to their children.
Among the more than fourteen million students enrolled in American colleges and universities in 1994, African American men had the lowest male-to-female ratio when compared to all other ethnic groups (Cuyjet, 1997). Therefore, understanding how African American males and females approach the process of deciding whether to attend college can provide clues, perhaps, as to why females choose higher education participation in greater numbers than males. Questions to be asked include (1) Who or what do African American females and males perceive as the influences on this decision process?
Vernon Feagans (1997) discusses some of these conflicts, such as style of 11 12 African Americans and College Choice punishment, in her book, The Perils of School: Cultural Clashes in Communities and Classroom. While some may argue that it is not essential to understand the content of the debate surrounding the involvement of African American parents in their children’s schooling in elementary and secondary schools to understand college choice, I would suggest that it is crucial to do so because college choice theorists recognize the hugely important role that the family plays in influencing students’ postsecondary plans (Hossler & Gallagher, 1987; Hossler, Braxton, & Coopersmith, 1989).
African Americans and College Choice: The Influence of Family and School by Kassie Freeman