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ERIC Number: EJ1072581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1940-5847
Veterans Returning from War into the Classroom: How Can Colleges Be Better Prepared to Meet Their Needs
Zinger, Lana; Cohen, Andrea
Contemporary Issues in Education Research, v3 n1 p39-52 Jan 2010
Colleges throughout the country are bracing for a large influx of returning veterans over the next couple of years and the question is whether they can meet the needs of this population. There is a paucity of empirical literature on Iraqi and/or Afghan veterans' adjustment in the college arena and the factors that mitigate the attrition rate and facilitate success. This research offers a glimpse into the lives of the veterans returning into college life. An important implication of this research is to better inform educators, mental health professionals and administrators with regard to policy making, program development and restructuring efforts. A qualitative research design using structured interviews to obtain information about returning veterans from Afghanistan and/or Iraq was used in this study. This study discusses the many challenges that soldiers face when they return into the classroom. Experiencing symptoms of PTSD is an issue exacerbating the transition into student life. Campus health and counseling officials should have knowledge regarding symptoms and treatment strategies for PTSD and have an extensive referral list for veterans.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Iraq; New York
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