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ERIC Number: EJ872322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
The Identity of a "College Student": Perceptions of College Academics and Academic Rigor among First-Year Students
Meyer, Michaela D. E.; Spencer, Megan; French, T. Nathaniel
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p1070-1079 Dec 2009
Researchers interested in post-secondary instruction often emphasize the importance of the first-year experience for college students. Despite this focus, qualitative studies of student perceptions are decidedly rare. This essay is a partial report of the findings from conducting qualitative interviews with first-year students about their identities as college students. The focus of this report is on the perceptions of college academics and academic rigor students hold prior to and after enrolling in college. First-year students reported that their perceptions of the rigor of college academics and their actual experiences in college during their first semester were incongruent, with 60% reporting that college was not as difficult as their initial perceptions. Qualitative responses from students are provided and the implications of these findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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