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Black Students' Experiences and Motivation to Pursue Foreign Language Study at an HBCU

Title: Black Students' Experiences and Motivation to Pursue Foreign Language Study at an HBCU: A Holistic Single Case Study.
Name(s): Pollock, Derrick, author
Jakubowski, Elizabeth M., professor directing dissertation
Turner, Jeannine E, committee member
Jaber, Lama, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
School of Teacher Education, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (162 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study was to contribute to the research on Black students in higher education situated in the foreign language context and understanding low enrollment of Black students in foreign language courses. This study employed a qualitative research design, chronicling the experiences of 10 Black college aged junior and senior standing students at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the southeastern region of the United States. This research explored the former and current experiences of Black students with foreign language and the influence of these experiences on students’ motivation to pursue foreign language study, utilizing a situative theoretical approach. Further, this dissertation examined the role of situative motivation in relation to students’ sociocultural and educational experiences. The findings revealed that there were multiple factors, such as, experiences with pre-collegiate instruction, instructors’ attention to African cultural information, and aggressive proactive communication of foreign language importance from family and instructors that influence Black students’ motivation to pursue foreign language studies at the collegiate level. The findings of this study indicated several implications for practice, policy, and future research at the K-12 and university level. This included professional development opportunities that assist educators with evolving their teaching styles, ensuring there is a fully developed foreign language curriculum at the university level, and also better marketing of the benefits of pursuing foreign language in college to K-12 and students who are attending post-secondary institutions.
Identifier: 2018_Sp_Pollock_fsu_0071E_14318 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Teacher Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: February 22, 2018.
Keywords: Black students, Experiences, foreign language motivation, HBCU, motivation
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Elizabeth Jakubowski, Professor Directing Dissertation; Tamara Bertrand Jones, University Representative; Jeannine Turner, Committee Member; Lama Jaber, Committee Member.
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Host Institution: FSU

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Pollock, D. (2018). Black Students' Experiences and Motivation to Pursue Foreign Language Study at an HBCU: A Holistic Single Case Study. Retrieved from