Title

Reflections of Academic Experiences From Formerly Incarcerated African American Males

Source of Publication

Equity and Excellence in Education

Abstract

© 2017 University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education. This research examines academic experiences of African American males (ages 18–25) who attended urban schools in southern California. The participants were incarcerated for at least one year prior to being housed in a pre-release program where they reflected on their academic experiences and perceptions of the school environment. The participants' academic experiences reflect many of the stories of young African American males in public schools. Data were collected from individual and group interviews, questionnaires, observations, and short writing responses providing a unique perspective within a critical race theory framework. Participants' early academic experiences were most positive during kindergarten and declined as they grew older. The academic experiences of these young men seemed to profoundly impact their social, cultural, and psychological development as well as their life choices, which may have led to incarceration.

Document Type

Article

First Page

222

Last Page

240

Publication Date

4-3-2017

DOI

10.1080/10665684.2017.1301834

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Adam R. Jeffers, Zayed University

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