This qualitative study was done to investigate the lived experiences that influence participation and non-participation of marginalized African-American males in adult education classes to prepare to sit for the GED tests. The study included data based on background information and semi-structures interviews with four marginalized African-American males, two who were attending the GED classes and two who were not attending the classes. The data were analyzed and the categories of spiritual acknowledgement, security, desire for change, abilities and skills, defiance, potential for obtaining a GED, and motivation were identified as meaningful, as well as properties under the categories emerged to explain the lived experiences that influenced the phenomena of participation and nonparticipation. The results of this study indicated that there were no differences in the lived experiences of the marginalized African-American males who attended the GED classes and those who did not attend the classes. All of the men had the same aspirations, which were influenced by their marginalization, but chose different means to realize their aspirations because of situations in their lives. Further research is needed in the area of participation and non-participation of marginalized African-American males that will study the phenomena more in depth and with larger populations. A collaborative effort among community leaders, business owners, educators, the media, and adult education participants is needed to develop strategies to influence adult education participation. The major conclusion of this study was that participation and nonparticipation of marginalized African-American males are complex phenomena that are influenced by personal, social, emotional, and economic factors. Additionally, both groups of participants want to change their circumstances, but are not aware of resources and their abilities to ask the right questions.P-Participant- Stan a I want a bank account. I want savings for her (his daughter) to be able to go to college and that type of thing. And I cana#39;t do that working at Burger King or McDonalda#39;s or that type of thing. I can go far, get my GED, take up aanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Case Study of Marginalized African-American Males' Participation and Nonparticipation in an Adult Education Program|
|Author||:||Sonia E. Wyatt|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|