School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
William D. Bird
Resilience, Educational Goal Achievement, Native American, Indigenous, Protective Factors, Promotive Factors
Educational Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sharp, Diane Elaine, "Native American Resiliency Resources and Educational Goal Achievement" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2150.
The purpose of this qualitative narrative study was to understand Native American life experiences which foster resilience and how resiliency resources contribute to their educational goal achievement. In a context of historical trauma, poverty, and oppression it is theorized that achieving one’s educational goals requires a measure of resilience and a number of protective and promotive factors. These factors are what this strengths-based study sought to identify. The theory guiding this study was resiliency theory and the research approach was strengths-based. Proposed data collection was a series of semi-structured interviews of 6 Native American individuals age 18 or older who lived on a reservation for at least 70% of their K-12 education and have achieved or are in the process of completing a college degree. Data analysis strategies included the use of Atlas.ti software as well as detailed transcript analysis, manual coding and theme development.