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ERIC Number: EJ1134125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-5627
A Phenomenology of Transfer: Students' Experiences at a Receiving Institution
Nuñez, Anne-Marie; Yoshimi, Jeffrey
Innovative Higher Education, v42 n2 p173-187 Apr 2017
This study advances a conceptual framework to examine how students who had transferred into a four-year institution described their transition experiences. We used phenomenology as a source of theoretical constructs to interpret their experiences and as a research method. Key themes included the importance of online resources in facilitating the transfer process, the importance of supportive institutional agents, the importance of academic and career goals, and the comparative lack of emphasis on having a more social "college experience." We discuss implications of these findings for future research, policy, and practice. This study contributes to a better understanding of (a) transfer students' experiences in an understudied institutional setting, (b) the factors distinguishing persisting and non-persisting transfer students, and (c) ways that receiving institutions can be more responsive to the needs of transfer students.
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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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