ERIC Number: EJ832630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Cultivating Voice: First-Generation Students Seek Full Academic Citizenship in Multicultural Learning Communities
Jehangir, Rashne R.
Innovative Higher Education, v34 n1 p33-49 Apr 2009
Research has shown that first-generation, low-income college students experience both isolation and marginalization, especially during their first-year of college, which impacts their long-term persistence in higher education. In this article, I argue that learning community pedagogy designed with attention to multicultural curricula is one vehicle to address the challenges faced by these college students. Organized around the themes of identity, community, and agency, an interdisciplinary Multicultural Learning Voices Community (MLVC) was created at a large, public midwestern research university to provide TRiO students with challenging academic coursework that would connect with their lived experience and help them build bridges of social and academic integration during their critical first-year of college. This article presents qualitative data from a multiple case study of seven cohorts of the MLVC, which captures students' perceptions of their experience.
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Multicultural Education, Community, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Research Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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