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The social support networks of black males in higher education administration doctoral programs: An exploratory study.
Western Journal of Black Studies (2016)
  • Sydney Freeman, Jr.
Abstract

This study examined the social support networks of Black males in higher education administration programs. Social network theory as framework to investigate the various mentoring experiences that has led to or hindered  their success. Ten Black males from five predominantly White institutions (PWIs) participated in this study. Five distinctive themes emerged from this investigation including traditional and untraditional mentoring approaches; the experiences of homophily and mutiplexity within and amongst network groups; and a discussion of the mentoring experiences that impeded their success. Using a comparative case study approach, the results indicated that many of the participants developed extensive, primarily Black social support networks. These networks provided emotional, instrumental, informational, and affirmational support for the men of the study. In addition, these networks significantly contributed to the participants’ doctoral student socialization. The
findings suggest barriers to effective socialization still exist for Black male students. Additionally, there appears to be a particular need for race-specific support. This manuscript  provides recommendations for assessment and implementation of socialization policies and practices as well as potential future research.
Keywords
  • Higher Education,
  • Black Males,
  • Doctoral Education
Publication Date
2016
Citation Information
Sydney Freeman. "The social support networks of black males in higher education administration doctoral programs: An exploratory study." Western Journal of Black Studies Vol. 40 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 141 - 158
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sydney_freeman_jr/47/