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ERIC Number: ED552338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 189
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-0874-2
A Phenomenological Exploration of Resilience in Cheyenne and Arapaho University Students
Boyd, Ruth M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Oklahoma
This study explored the experience of transitioning from common education to higher education for a group of Cheyenne and Arapaho students. Additional features of resilience were examined as well, which included their persistence in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree. A phenomenological approach was used in order to explore the lived experiences of the purposeful sample of seven Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members, all students at a public regional university. Data were acquired by qualitative inquiry based on in-depth interviews. Participants ascribed meaning to what they experienced through textural themes, including a sense of belonging and affectional ties. Furthermore, participants spoke of how they experienced the phenomenon, resulting in structural descriptors of determination, autonomy, self-discipline, and spirituality. Implications for school personnel and teacher preparatory programs are presented, as well as suggestions for future research. [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: Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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