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ERIC Number: ED520044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 208
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-6655-8
Influences on Middle-Income, First-Generation Prospective College Students: Perspectives of College-Bound High School Seniors
Dillon, Mary A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Seton Hall University
The purpose of this study was to explore the ways in which prospective first-generation students from middle-income families make decisions about attending college. I sought to discover the following: (1) what influenced students' decisions, and how the students felt about these influences; (2) how students interpreted the importance of going to college; (3) how students defined and executed a college search; (4) what problems the students anticipated having once they enrolled in college; and (5) how students interpreted the role of finances in their plans for attending college. Between mid-November and mid-December of 2009, I interviewed 14 high school seniors from a predominantly middle-income school district in New Jersey. Although the students' situations, and their college preparations, varied from one student to another, there were several points regarding the college decision-making process on which the students agreed. The students viewed information they received from the colleges as redundant and confusing. For various reasons, students were not completely satisfied with their guidance counselors and teachers as sources of information about college. The students expressed feelings of being isolated from parents and friends, revealed that none of them had any substantial savings for college, and viewed college as a place that would provide them with job training for careers that would give them better lives with respect to quality time with their families. [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: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey