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ERIC Number: ED568467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 165
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-5317-3
A Qualitative Life Course Study: Significant Life Events in the Lives of Appalachian First-Generation College Graduates
Henderson Murphy, Peggy
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Although in recent decades many of the outer Appalachian counties have stabilized economically, the central region of Appalachia continues to have the highest concentration of distressed and at-risk counties in the country. The geographic isolation and cultural characteristics of Appalachian communities have limited their ability to achieve economic and educational equity. Through the lens of life course theory, this qualitative study analyzed the life stories of five first-generation college students from Appalachia in order to identify the experiences that encouraged them to attend and persist to college graduation. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews and were analyzed through the use of restorying and typological codes. The study identified family, school, and community experiences that Appalachian youth considered to be influential in their decision to pursue postsecondary study. The research also found that technology played a role in their decision to attend and then stay at a postsecondary institution. [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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