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ERIC Number: EJ1095731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Exploring Capacity for Meaning Making in Relation to Educational Resilience in First-Year, Full-Time College Students
Korgan, Christos; Durdella, Nathan
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v28 n1 p109-127 2016
Students' success in overcoming difficult academic and social circumstances is tied to educational resilience, yet the current body of literature fails to unpack the complexities of resilience in relation to students' interpretation of themselves and environmental messages. To examine this phenomenon, this study used a narrative inquiry approach to analyze the personal experiences of 28 participants drawn from a larger sample of 146 first-year college students. The revised model of multiple dimensions of identity development (MMDI; Abes, Jones, & McEwen, 2007) served as the analytic framework, with special attention given to the concept of cognitive filtration. Results revealed that messages from the home environment, peer groups, and instructors had the primary influence on how students saw themselves. Participants' stories demonstrated that the ways in which they assigned meaning to agents from these groups were nuanced and highly complex. Implications and recommendations are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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