Doctor of Philosophy
Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Date of Defense
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore how African American male student athletes developed their athletic and racial identity and how this impacted their academic identity. I conducted two in depth interviews with 6 African American male current or former student athletes who played basketball or football in high school but were not eligible to be a NCAA qualifier for an athletic scholarship. I sought to investigate the point when the student athletes began their career in athletics and when athletics began to impact their academic performance and why it impacted academic performance. I also investigated how the African American male student athlete began to develop identity and how athletic and racial identity impacted the development of their academic selves.
Bush, Tamekia, "A for Academics or Athletics: A Critical Look at African American Male Student Athletes in Search of Identity" (2017). Dissertations. 706.