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ERIC Number: EJ954930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1949-6605
Enhancing the Academic Experiences of First-Generation Master's Students
Portnoi, Laura M.; Kwong, Tiffany M.
Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, v48 n4 p411-427 2011
Is being "first generation" significant for undergraduates only? The narratives of 25 first-generation master's students in this phenomenological study suggest not. Participants experienced challenges pursuing their master's degrees, yet these were counterbalanced by other factors. The authors identified five areas that educators may address to enhance first-generation master's students' academic experiences: providing supports for (a) understanding the new "rules of the game," (b) managing feelings of inadequacy, (c) straddling incongruent social fields, (d) developing strong relationships with faculty, and (e) building positive peer-to-peer interactions. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California