The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experiences of African American women in pursuit of doctoral degrees in the southwest, their challenges and motivations, and plans for the their next chapter. Drawing from critical race theory and a sociocultural framework, this qualitative study uses Dan McAdams' Life Story Interview (McAdams, 2005) to explore the journeys of these high achieving minority women and how achievement is conceptualized in their stories. Particular emphasis is placed on their critical events, challenges, and alternative futures.
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- Educational Psychology
- African American Women
- Critical Race Theory
- Life Story
- PhD Students
- Sociocultural Theory
- African American women college students--Southwest, New--Social conditions.
- African American women college students
- African American graduate students--Southwest, New--Social conditions.
- African American graduate students
- Doctoral students--Southwest, New--Social conditions.
- Doctoral students
- Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2013Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 136-159)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Educational psychology