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ERIC Number: ED567682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 124
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3395-1171-9
Developmental Education: Resilience and Academic Success in Rural Appalachian Students
Holbrook, Sandy
ProQuest LLC, D.E. Dissertation, Eastern Kentucky University
The need for developmental education is ever present in higher education as more students annually enter college underprepared for entry level college coursework. Underpreparedness is a pervasive concern in higher education. Community colleges in particular are the primary means of shepherding developmental education. Academic underpreparedness is just one of the many obstacles students face, however, when endeavoring to obtain a college education. Students often have additional challenges such as those frequently accompanying first-generation college status, rural status, low socioeconomic levels, low levels of self-efficacy, and the lack of resilience which can pose threats to their academic success. Despite these adverse factors, some students still succeed academically. From such adversity, protective factors can emerge which enable students to develop the skills necessary to succeed academically and non-academically. Resilient developmental students at a rural Appalachian community college are the focus of this qualitative study. In light of being rural, developmental, and possibly first-generation college students, some students find within themselves the ability to become resilient and obtain academic success. Resilient students possess protective factors which aid them in becoming successful and maneuvering the educational system from developmental course work to college level course work and even on to college graduation. This resiliency can be explained and shared with other students to serve as an impetus for the development of their own resilience despite being at-risk students. This qualitative dissertation study focuses on the lived experiences of ten community college students from rural Appalachia. This study tells their stories of success in their own voices. [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
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Language: English
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