Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Makungu Akinyela

Second Advisor

Dr. Sarita Davis

Third Advisor

Dr. Maurice Hobson


The purpose of this study is to +understand the instructor perspective of their pedagogical approach to the needs of African American students of low socioeconomic status (SES) in urban school settings. Utilizing surveys and a questionnaire will prompt the dialogue for this narrative study. Thus, utilizing the narrative of the instructors will make their personal history and opinions an indicator for their choice of approach or if they recognize a need for specialized instruction for African American youth of low SES. This study will use a sample of 6 experienced and less experienced instructors teaching in urban low- income schools.