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ERIC Number: EJ785629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
College Readiness and Academic Preparation for Postsecondary Education: Oral Histories of First-Generation Urban College Students
Reid, M. Jeanne; Moore, James L., III
Urban Education, v43 n2 p240-261 2008
As a part of a larger qualitative study, this research investigation explored the perceptions and attitudes that first-generation, urban college students have of their preparation for postsecondary education. The purposeful sample in this study was comprised of 13 first-generation college students (i.e., 6 males and 7 females) who were graduates of the same urban high school. The qualitative methodology was comprised of individual interviews and biographical questionnaires. The themes that emerged--surrounding the students' perceptions and attitudes of their preparation for postsecondary education--included (a) the preparation during high school that helped with college success and (b) the skills that were lacking for college success. Practical applications for educators (i.e., school counselors, teachers, administrators, and postsecondary educators) are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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