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ERIC Number: ED547166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 181
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-3469-9
Influences That Affect First-Generation College Students' College Choice: A Qualitative Inquiry of Student Perceptions
Cresswell-Yeager, Tiffany J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
College choice is the three-stage process of aspiring, searching and choosing to attend college. There are many models pertaining to college choice, however, this study uses the Hossler and Gallagher Model---aspiration, search and choice. This qualitative study explored first-generation college students' perceptions about the influences affecting their college choice process. This study is guided by status attainment and social mobility models that show students want to earn a college degree to gain access to greater status and move up status groups (Blau & Duncan, 1978; Collins, 1994; King 2009). The study describes how habitus, social and cultural capital can be used to gain or lose status in American society (Banks and Esposito, 2009; Nora, 2004). The study found students aspired to have a better life yet faced many barriers that influenced their college choice. To overcome these barriers, the participants activated resources through relationships with other people. [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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