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ERIC Number: ED531238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 173
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-5373-4
Transfer Students in Theatre: A Narrative Study of Transferring from Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions
Terry Boyenga, Jennifer
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Iowa State University
The transfer student phenomenon in higher education is as increasingly complex as the transfer students causing the phenomenon. The collection of narratives in this study reflected transfer experiences of theatre students who were navigating the educational pipeline from community colleges to four-year institutions to major in the theatre discipline. An analysis of the narratives using Schlossberg's transition theory (1984) and the Schlossberg, Waters, and Goodman transition model (1995) identified the issues of transfer which impacted theatre students as they transferred from community colleges to four-year institutions. The issues of transfer identified in the study were simultaneously unique to the theatre discipline and reflective of the literature on the issues of transfer students. While most higher education institutions have developed transfer programs to assist students as they navigate the educational pipeline between institutions, it is also essential for each academic discipline inside the academy to develop a plan for assisting transfer students moving in the discipline from community colleges to four-year institutions (Borden, 2004). Discipline or program level transfer programs will assist transfer students in understanding the nuances of the individual discipline or department, including requirements, policies, procedures, and deadlines (Handel, 2007). Recommendations for assisting transfer students in the theatre discipline are provided in this study. By working together to develop creative and collaborative transfer initiatives, theatre programs at community colleges and theatre programs at four-year institutions may provide a smoother transition for future transfer students in the theatre discipline. [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; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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