AbstractsEducation Research & Administration

Understanding African American male perceptions of suspension: a narrative study

by Bridgette Y Jackson

Institution: Northeastern University
Year: 2016
Keywords: African American male perceptions; suspensions; Student suspension; School discipline; African American dropouts; African American high school students; African American men; Education (Secondary); High school dropouts
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2063633
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/2047/D20208523


The purpose of this narrative study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the perceptions of African American males and suspension in grades 9-12. The participants in this study were able to reach deeply and share their real life experiences about their troubles from elementary to high school; their personal home lives; the challenges and struggles that they faced; their attributions of suspensions; and their overall perceptions of suspension. Participants were asked to share their most memorable childhood experiences and their three most memorable suspensions. The findings revealed that attributes cannot always be seen or perceived by the students themselves, nor the educators that students interact with, yet they have deep impact on students' experiences. An in-depth understanding of the perceptions and attributions is needed in order to help minimize suspensions. Also, this study reveals the importance of training needed to help both staff and administration understand attributions that result in unfavorable behavior that often lead to suspension.