ERIC Number: ED464796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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"The ABCs in Appalachia": A Descriptive View of Perceptions of Higher Education in Appalachian Culture.
Wallace, Lisa A.; Diekroger, Diane K.
This paper examines the negative messages that Appalachian students receive about pursuing a college education. Appalachian culture has traditionally valued loyalty to family and community, hard work, self-reliance, strong sense of religion, and resistance to change. While most of these values seem positive, they may be a factor in perpetuating negative perceptions of higher education. A survey was completed by 127 students at 3 colleges in southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky; 91 respondents were considered to be Appalachian and had lived in Appalachia from birth to age 11. The results indicate that Appalachian students had been exposed to discouraging messages regarding the pursuit of higher education. Half of Appalachian students reported being expected to do extra work that kept them from their schoolwork. Other frequent responses included being accused of "acting better" than others who did not attend college, being ignored when talking about college experiences, being told to not waste time on college, receiving dirty looks when talking about college, and being told that they would never complete a degree. Among the other findings: half of reported messages came from family members; women were much more likely than men to receive discouraging messages; Appalachian respondents tended toward internal locus of control; and discouraging messages have not decreased in recent years. (Contains 30 references and the survey questionnaire.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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