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ERIC Number: EJ1066982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Decision-Making Considerations for Mid-Career Army Officers to Pursue Master's Degrees
Vance, Charles D.
Adult Learning, v26 n3 p109-115 Aug 2015
Understanding why military students pursue a master's degree has become more important as the number of military students taking advantage of education benefits through the Post-911 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 has increased. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how U.S. Army officers attending the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) decided to enroll in a master's degree program. Four research questions guided the study to determine whether and how career requirements, post-military aspirations, family considerations, and previous academic experience influenced the choice to pursue a master's degree. A conceptual framework comprised career development, career decision making, and adult development that provided additional guidance. The study used a case study methodology, and 26 military students participated. Data collection comprised interview and surveys, and data analysis comprised coding with peer review and member checking. The findings affirmed the research questions and identified themes related to self-efficacy, goal setting, persistence, and time management, leading to implications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas
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