School of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
black male, resilience, first-generation, low-income, integration, social, academic
Finklea, Tre' Antonio, "A Phenomenological Study on Perceived Academic and Social Factors that Attribute to the Collegiate Success or Failure of Low-Income, First-Generation Black Males" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4891.
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to analyze and discover the factors that contributed to the success or failure of first-generation Black male collegiates at four-year institutions and effectively provide an in-depth understanding of these issues. The theory guiding this study was Tinto’s theory of integration, which focuses on the norms of academic and social integration. Related to this theory was a series of studies that presented the idea that students’ involvement in the social environment and educational setups were critical to their success and retention in college. Participants completed a questionnaire to determine their eligibility for the study. I collected the data from the study for the ten individuals that met the criteria to be participants in this study. A questionnaire, one-on-one interviews, and focus groups provided the data for this study. The data yielded five themes: community mentors, engagement, self-motivation, college preparedness, and support. Several sub-themes were identified from each theme: mentors, financial and emotional support, and academic and social integration.