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ERIC Number: ED527923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 194
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-7912-2
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Coming Back to College: Middle East Veteran Student Involvement and Culture Shock
Carne, Glenda Lynn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Increased veteran enrollment in universities warrants the examination of the challenges of students transitioning on campus. In this phenomenological, mixed methods study incorporating reverse culture shock theory and student engagement, four research questions are explored. "Do current Colorado veteran residents obtain degrees at the same rate as non-veterans? Do current Middle East veteran students experience socio-cultural transition challenges associated with reverse culture shock? What type of student involvement is experienced by this group? What are veteran students' suggestions to improve the college transition experience?" In the quantitative study, U.S. Census and American Community Survey data for Colorado veterans and education attainment are examined. Colorado veterans do not complete baccalaureate degrees at the same rate as nonveterans. In the qualitative study, questions on reverse culture shock and the challenges of reintegration and transition are combined with questions on student involvement. From the responses, key words and phrases are extracted, clustered, reduced, validated, member checked, and then re-validated using current qualitative data software. Veteran students experience something similar to culture shock or reverse culture shock and have little involvement and engagement with non-veteran students and in the university community and campus activities. Finally, this study offers student suggestions aligned with suggestions for behavioral adaptation and of the American Council on Education highlighting improvement strategies, and the proposal of a new term, "Converse Culture Shock", a term which emphasizes magnitude and impact of the out-of-culture return experience, differentiating this group from other sojourners. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado