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ERIC Number: ED553563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 194
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-8486-7
Self-Authorship among First-Generation Undergraduate Students: A Qualitative Study of Experiences and Catalysts
Carpenter, Amanda M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California Lutheran University
As higher education institutions make intentional steps to include underrepresented groups and ensure their success in school, it is particularly important to understand their cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal development as a key factor of supporting their academic and developmental needs. Institutions of higher education are challenged to prepare graduates for engaged citizenship in an increasingly multifaceted world that requires college graduates to demonstrate higher-level order cognitive abilities to successfully navigate in the 21st century. This qualitative study investigated self-authorship theory through the perceptions and experiences of first-generation undergraduate students, contextualized periods of cognitive dissonance, examined contextual and environmental factors related to development, and described catalysts that promote self-authoring behaviors. This study captured the unique stories of 14 first-generation undergraduates at a public four-year comprehensive liberal arts institution on the West Coast of the United States. Future research and practical application strategies to promote self-authorship are provided for higher education professionals to intentionally design supportive learning environments in an effort to better serve the developmental needs of first-generation undergraduates. [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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