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ERIC Number: ED553923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-2250-7
When Parents Become Students: An Examination of Experiences, Needs, and Opportunities Which Contribute to Student Parent Engagement in Community College
Attar Flores, Jannette Elizabeth
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This study investigated the experiences which keep student parents engaged in community college. The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of student parents enrolled at a community college and the support services which they utilize. The research included student parents who have one or more dependent children aged 17 or younger and who were enrolled as full-time or part-time students. The study investigated some of the barriers to student parent success as well as the challenges they face. The study identified, described, and analyzed the support services which are being utilized by student parents, and reviewed recommendations made by student parent for existing and additional support services. Using Nora's (2006) Student Engagement Model as a theoretical framework for this study, twelve student participants and five staff participants were interviewed. Findings from this study indicate that internal and external support were central to student parent engagement and success and that this population lacked student parent focused support services. This study gives voice to an understudied population and opens up discussion for further study. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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