An exploration of the lived experiences of black males in two East Midlands further education (FE) colleges

Peart, S., 2011. An exploration of the lived experiences of black males in two East Midlands further education (FE) colleges. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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This thesis seeks to develop an understanding of how Black males received and perceived education within the further education (FE) sector in England. Using phenomenological inquiry and narratives provided by the Black males I consider how they engaged with education in the post compulsory sector and their views regarding the quality of their educational experience while studying at college. I explore the encounters they experienced in terms of accessing the taught curriculum, their experiences of the institutional cultures in FE and the relationships they were able to form with college staff members. I suggest that race is an underlying feature of many of these encounters and influenced both the nature and the outcome of the encounter. I examine how Black males chose to interact with structures and systems and the mechanisms they developed to help them navigate education, including accessing staff, peer and family support and how these different systems were significant to their achievement within colleges. By using phenomenological inquiry, I present a challenge to some of the more popular presentations of Black males and demonstrate how some Black males use their own agency to promote success within education.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Peart, S.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2011
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:33
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:33

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