Knowledge construction of African American women in a Historically Black College or University setting. Jennifer Anita Wilder

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Knowledge construction of African American women in a Historically Black College or University setting.  by  Jennifer Anita Wilder

Knowledge construction of African American women in a Historically Black College or University setting. by Jennifer Anita Wilder
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The purpose of this qualitative narrative inquiry study was to explore African American womens knowledge construction within a racially homogenous context, specifically a Historically Black College (HBCU) setting The supporting theoretical frameworkMoreThe purpose of this qualitative narrative inquiry study was to explore African American womens knowledge construction within a racially homogenous context, specifically a Historically Black College (HBCU) setting The supporting theoretical framework was adapted from Aida Hurtados multicultural work on mechanisms of knowledge production and acquisition.

Based upon interviews with 14 female African American HBCU employees, the findings explore two primary research questions: (1) How do African American women in a racially homogenous setting, such as an HBCU, manifest Hurtados mechanisms of knowledge production and acquisition? And, (2) How do African American women in an HBCU setting develop support structures for their learning? The findings present narrative analysis of how each of Hurtados mechanisms is a part of the participants knowledge construction process: anger, silence/outspokenness, shifting consciousness, and multiple tongues In general, it found that the participants were more comfortable with self-concepts as thinkers versus knowers, and that they did not necessarily withdraw into smaller female networks in the manner described in Hurtados work.

Regarding support structures, there were three key findings First, the women were aware of and very purposeful in navigating gender oppression as a part of the HBCU context Next, they used spirituality and their family backgrounds as sources of strength in dealing with their ongoing knowledge construction.



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