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dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Joyanne Patriciaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:21:13Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:21:13Z
dc.date.issued2005-12-07en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-12302005-143516en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30282
dc.description.abstractThis study sought to understand the perspectives of young Black males toward post-secondary education. A qualitative case study research design was selected because it allowed the researcher to examine in a holistic fashion the complexities of how the issues of school, home, community, and peers function in the life of a young Black male in St. Thomas, USVI; and how these issues in his life yield a perspective on and a decision about participating in higher education. A case study using taped interviews and observations of one high school Black male and his mother was conducted. Data were analyzed using Ethnograph and a coding matrix based on the tenets of grounded theory. The findings showed that the young man was ambivalent about the educational process and about his plans concerning his preparation for the future. In high school he saw three options: enlisting in the military, engaging in full-time employment, or pursuing a college education at the University of the Virgin Islands as long as he could achieve success. He viewed all three paths as equal. His family's influence had a profound impact on his decision to participate in advanced education despite his lack of commitment and his underachieving high school career. The educational issues in the territory signal the need for territorial policy makers to initiate educational improvements in the public schools and to mandate, at the university level, an information and recruitment program for young males to improve the demographics of post-secondary education in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recommendations for further research are offered.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectSt. Thomasen_US
dc.subjectUSVIen_US
dc.subjectBlack Malesen_US
dc.subjectEducation Decisionsen_US
dc.titlePost-Secondary Education Decisions of High School Black Males in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (A Case Study)en_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairWiswell, Albert W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCline, Marvin Geralden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBoucouvalas, Marcieen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberReio, Thomas G. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCanton, Deniseen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12302005-143516/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-12-30en_US
dc.date.rdate2006-03-23
dc.date.adate2006-03-23en_US


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