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ERIC Number: ED513511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 172
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-8956-6
Matriculation Decisions of Adult First-Generation College Students: A Grounded Theory Inquiry into Critical Life Moments
Sand, R. Scott
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Early college choice models utilized data from high school seniors who were from predominately middle income, White, and continuing generation families. This dissertation focused on first-generation students who entered college between the ages of 35 and 50. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with these students to construct a theory regarding their decision to matriculate. Following the interviews, responses were coded to uncover themes in the students' life stories. Student responses were categorized into four profiles. One profile was of students who maintained a high level of interest in a college education throughout their lives. This set of students was "fulfilling" their dream by matriculating. A second set of students had a high interest level in college during high school, but lost interest during early adulthood. These students demonstrated a high degree of interest during the interview and were classified as "regaining" their interest in college. The third set of students had low to medium interest in college while in high school. These students were "transcending" previous limitations and demonstrated high levels of interest during the interview. The final profile of students had mixed interest levels in high school but showed medium or low interest in the interview. These students were early in their programs and were seen as in the process of "transitioning" to a new level. They may increase their interest or they may leave the institution. These profiles allow practitioners to understand the matriculation decision of high school students and adults. In addition, key areas affecting individual interest levels are identified to assist practitioners and faculty in aiding adults to the next level of preparedness. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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