Understanding the African-American student experience in higher education through a relational dialectics perspective
In this study, we sought to understand African-American students' higher-education experiences in predominantly White universities. We utilized Baxter's relational dialectics theory to study components of focus-group discussions in order to understand the discourse and meaning-making process of participants. Our findings provide insight into the intercultural context of higher education in America and suggest strategies for maintaining the relationship between African-American students and the institutions in which they are enrolled.
Simmons, Jake, Russell Lowery-Hart, Shawn T. Wahl, and M. Chad McBride. "Understanding the African-American student experience in higher education through a relational dialectics perspective." Communication Education 62, no. 4 (2013): 376-394.