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ERIC Number: EJ864930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
Driven to Achieve: First-Generation Students' Narrated Experience at a Private Christian College
Rood, Robert E.
Christian Higher Education, v8 n3 p225-254 2009
This qualitative study examined the narrated experiences around the college choice and persistence of junior and senior first-generation students attending a private Christian college. Using interviews and focus groups, the author identified three key factors that emerged from the data: faculty, faith, and family. Faculty involvement was critical in the decision both to attend and to persist at the college; family support also was a consistently salient theme that emerged. Surprisingly, the faith factor was important to some in their decisions to attend, but for religious minority members it was actually a detracting factor, largely overcome by the strength of the professional programs and faculty involvement. For the students in this study, first-generation status did not emerge as an important part of their identify-formation. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A