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ERIC Number: ED548306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 95
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-8829-2
Why Did They Stay? A Mixed Methods Approach to Understand Student Persistence
Banks, Hardil Kay
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina
This study utilizes Pierre Bourdieu's concept of cultural and social capital as a theoretical framework to understand student persistence. The research design is a mixed-methods approach, using data collected through the "Social and Cultural Capital Questionnaire" and interviews with select survey participants. The sample includes seniors who entered college in the fall of 2008 and have persisted towards degree attainment. The selected research sites are small, religiously affiliated, private colleges located in the Southeast. A description of student experiences will be beneficial in reviewing each of the site's current retention efforts and developing plans for future students. Their experiences will show the effect, if any, a student's social and cultural capital has on ability to persist. The final aim of this study is to make practical recommendations and contribute to the literature on the concept of cultural capital as the framework for understanding student persistence on a college campus. [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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