TitleExploring "I Have a Dream" through grounded theory
NameAllgaier, Lisa Marie (author), Schneider, Kenneth (chair), Seares-Monica, Lucinda (co-chair), Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology,
DescriptionThis investigation explored the "I Have a Dream"(IHAD) program, an educational program working with students in under-resourced schools, using Grounded Theory methodology. The IHAD program, its stakeholders'; and stakeholders'; commitment to impoverished urban youth's education and development were examined using the qualitative Grounded Theory Approach. Seven IHAD stakeholders were interviewed using open-ended interview questions pertaining to their experiences, perceptions of IHAD participants and stakeholders, factors related to program sustenance, motivation to initiate and maintain IHAD involvement and personal impressions left by their IHAD work. A Grounded Theory method was utilized to analyze interview response data. The findings suggest that dominant factors motivating stakeholders to join the IHAD Program include their value education and giving back, desire for approbation from respected community leaders spearheading programming and the resource of time. Findings also indicate that inspirational colleagues, meaningful connections with the youth, appreciation of Dreamers'; overcoming adversity, recognition of student progress and subsequent optimism for improved child trajectories all contributed to stakeholder program involvement sustenance. Lastly subject narratives revealed the following to be considered the most important programming elements in this IHAD Program that should be replicated in similar programs: program leadership, community involvement, funding security likely through a private partnership, and provision of opportunity for youth to connect with functioning, caring, reliable adults.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 114-117)
Noteby Lisa Marie Allgaier
CollectionGraduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.