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ERIC Number: EJ991372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
The Experience of Community College for Developmental Students: Challenges and Motivations
VanOra, Jason
Community College Enterprise, v18 n1 p22-36 Spr 2012
This article adds to existing literatures on "developmental students," or those placing into non-credit-bearing reading and/or writing classes, by exploring their own personal experiences of attending community college. The findings of this qualitative study, based on a set of semistructured interviews with 18 developmental students in community college, reveal a variety of challenges and motivations related to persistence. Challenges included multiple demands on students' time, difficulty of classes and writing assignments, and students' perceptions of inadequate pedagogy. Students appeared motivated to persist by the opportunity to engage new ideas and serve as a role model for friends and family members. Implications of these findings for helping developmental students persist toward their college degrees are considered. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York