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A Qualitative Investigation of African American Males' Career Trajectory in Engineering: Implications for Teachers, School Counselors, and Parents


by James L. Moore III — 2006

Using the grounded theory approach, this research investigation, drawing on a larger study, examined the factors that were most instrumental in influencing African American males' decisions to pursue engineering as an academic major and career choice. Using open-ended biographical questionnaires, individual interviews, and focus groups, numerous themes emerged from these data. More specifically, the central themes that had major impact on African American males' career trajectory were (a) strong interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; (b) strong familial influence and encouragement; (c) strong aptitudes in science and mathematics; (d) meaningful academic experiences and relationships with school personnel; and (e) meaningful enrichment programs, opportunities, and academic experiences. Implications, based on the findings of this research, are provided for teachers, school counselors, and parents.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 2, 2006, p. 246-266
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12309, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 12:34:18 PM

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  • James Moore III
    Ohio State University
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    JAMES L. MOORE III is an assistant professor in Counselor Education in the College of Education and an affiliated scholar at the John Glenn Institute at The Ohio State University. In addition, Professor Moore is a LASER research associate in the Center for Action Research on Urban Schools and Effective Leadership at the University of South Florida.
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