School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Navajo, Education, Resilience, Achievement, Trauma, Poverty
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Nodestine-Henry, LaWanda, "The Educational Goal Achievement Among Diné (Navajo) And Their Resiliency" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3712.
This phenomenological study aims to examine Navajo life experiences, which foster resilience and contribute to educational achievement. Resilience contributes to educational achievement and ongoing success in higher education. Chapter one is an introduction to the study and the significance of the study. This chapter discusses the limitations of Navajo academic achievements, including poverty and difficulties with no electricity and running water. Chapter two provides an overview of the theoretical framework of the study and the contextual challenges. It discusses the contributing factors that complicate educational success historical trauma, ongoing trauma, the generation gap, and the achievement gap. Despite the adverse hardships, resiliency among Navajo students can contribute to their educational achievement. Navajo culture and traditions, family support, community support, protective factors, and emotional regulation can positively impact Navajo students. Chapter three explains the design, setting, participants, procedures, data collection, and data analysis for the study.