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ERIC Number: EJ1086082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Possible Selves, Possible Futures: The Dynamic Influence of Changes in the Possible Selves on Community College Returnees' Persistence Decisions
Ozaki, C. Casey
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n4 p413-436 Feb 2016
This qualitative study explored the external and internal reasons involved in students' decisions to return to college after an extended absence. Specifically, it sought to explore the role of students' concepts of who they might be (or want to avoid becoming) in the college and career domains of their lives, their possible selves. Analysis of participant interviews revealed two educational paths that were partially shaped by students' college possible selves as they initially entered college. The different educational paths and influence of possible selves and other important factors came to light as students discussed critical decision-making points along their journeys.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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