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ERIC Number: EJ882012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1066-8926
Redefining Nontraditional Students: Exploring the Self-Perceptions of Community College Students
Kim, Karen A.; Sax, Linda J.; Lee, Jenny J.; Hagedorn, Linda Serra
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v34 n5 p402-422 2010
Recognition of the nontraditional student in higher education is valuable because it promotes an awareness of issues particularly relevant to the community college student population. While research that categorizes students by age is a practical way to study a unique population within community colleges, this approach may not be the most preferred way to examine the complexities of community college students. This study focused on community college students' self-perceptions of their primary roles as students, employees, and parents, thereby offering an alternative to utilizing predefined categories in order to distinguish between groups (e.g., based on age). The findings also shed light on unique characteristics that differentiate among students who identify their roles primarily as students, employees, or parents. In fact, this study shows that even students often considered "traditional" may have qualities that are typically considered nontraditional. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California