Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Rhonda B. Jeffries


The purpose of this study is to analyze what high school African-American males perceive as significant influences that directly impact their academic achievement while attending a predominantly White suburban high school. This qualitative research study will utilize semi-structured case interviews to collect and analyze data gathered from among a criteria-based subgroup of African-American high school males. An examination of archival data such as student course selections, a review of high school Carnegie units earned and attempted, the availability of support resources and interventions, as well discipline and attendance reports will each provide evidence of the probable obstacles impacting the achievement of African-American male students in their local high school. The study will identify factors that are feasible in ameliorating the influence and perception of social justice/injustice while enrolled in high school.


© 2016, Michael R. Harris