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ERIC Number: EJ1077879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Knowing Me, Knowing You: Building Strengths Awareness, Belonging, and Persistence in Higher Education
Soria, Krista M.; Stubblefield, Robin
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n3 p351-372 Nov 2015
This goal of this study was to examine the benefits of a campus-wide initiative to build first-year students' strengths awareness. The results of a survey of the first-year class (n?=?1,421) suggest a positive and significant relationship between students' strengths awareness and their belief that the strengths initiatives on campus positively influenced their sense of belonging. The results also suggest a positive and significant relationship between students' strengths awareness and retention to their second year of study. Qualitative analyses of survey data suggested strengths initiatives enhanced students' self-awareness and confidence, facilitated introductory conversations with peers through the development of a common language, and fostered friendships and a deeper understanding of others--factors that are hypothesized to have contributed to students' sense of belonging and retention.
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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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