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The Experiences of Mixed-Race Students In An Urban Area

Germaine W Huber, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

Mixed-race children are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and it is essential that educators are aware of the unique experiences of this student population. The purpose of this phenomenological research study was to examine the experiences of mixed-race students in relation to their racial identity formation, their social emotional development, and their academic experiences within urban public schools Educators who have a better understanding of the life experiences of these students have a greater ability to create positive relationships, a caring environment, and effective teaching strategies for the classroom that can lead to greater academic success for these students. Twenty mixed-race participants between the ages of 19–36 years were interviewed. Themes that emerged from the analysis of the interview transcripts included: Identity Factors; Adversity; Rewards; Family Relationships and Support; School Interactions; Peers, and Suggested Academic Supports. Participants shared childhood and teen experiences with families, peers and in the school environment that influenced their identity and social development. They identified numerous challenges and strengths related to their mixed-race identity and offered strategies educators can use to assist mixed-race students. Their responses provide an inside look of the unique realities experienced by this student population during their elementary and secondary school years. ^

Subject Area

Education, Leadership|Education, Administration|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Huber, Germaine W, "The Experiences of Mixed-Race Students In An Urban Area" (2012). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3504198.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3504198

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