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ERIC Number: EJ1106907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
"Hipster Freshman": Popular Culture's Portrayal of Community College Students
Hawk, Jena L.; Hill, Lilian H.
Community College Enterprise, v22 n1 p28-42 Spr 2016
Due to its seemingly unclear and ambiguous mission, the community college has somewhat of a stigma attached to it, as the four-year institution defines the American college experience (LaPaglia, 1994). Although only a few studies concerning media portrayals of community college students have been published within the last 20 years, the existing studies (Bourke, Major, & Harris, 2009; LaPaglia, 1994; Tucciarone, 2007) have failed to address whether the media's portrayal of community colleges influences students' decisions or actions with regard to enrolling in a two-year institution. Using the theoretical framework of critical media literacy, the researchers will examine whether media portrayals determine if there is a message that creators and producers of media are attempting to convey with regard to community colleges and their students. In addition, this study will examine if media portrayals influence students' intent to enroll in a community college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
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