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ERIC Number: EJ902541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Relating Developmental Theories to Postsecondary Persistence: A Multiple Case Study of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual College Students
Olive, James L.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v4 n4 p197-212 2010
What enables one student to persist in the face of adversity while another chooses to quit? To answer this question, I captured the lived experiences of 3 female and 3 male postsecondary students who self-identified as either gay, lesbian, or bisexual, all of whom were successfully completing their undergraduate degrees. Utilizing a life history method within a qualitative multiple case study, I co-authored comprehensive accounts of each participant's life, as well as the meanings each attached to his or her past experiences. All participants indicated that family, having a clear sense of identity, and possessing the ability to self-author were of paramount importance to their choice and ability to persist in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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