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Wang, Xueli; Sun, Ning; Lee, Seo Young; Wagner, Brit – Journal of Higher Education, 2017
This study explored whether and how beginning 2-year college students' engagement in active learning within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classrooms is related to their intent to transfer to a 4-year institution. Despite the potentially important role active learning experiences play in shaping 2-year college students'…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Self Efficacy
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Wang, Xueli; Sun, Ning; Wickersham, Kelly – Review of Higher Education, 2017
Contextualization refers to "a diverse family of instructional strategies designed to more seamlessly link the learning of foundational skills and academic or occupational content by focusing teaching and learning squarely on concrete applications in a specific context that is of interest to the student" (Mazzeo, 2008, p. 3). In…
Descriptors: Remedial Mathematics, Mathematics, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Chan, Hsun-Yu; Wang, Xueli – Research in Higher Education, 2018
Grounded in the academic momentum framework, this study explores course-completion patterns across the first two semesters of college among 1668 first-time students beginning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs or courses at public 2-year colleges in a Midwestern state, as well as factors predicting the persistence…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, STEM Education, Academic Persistence
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Wang, Xueli; Wang, Yan; Wickersham, Kelly; Sun, Ning; Chan, Hsun-yu – Community College Review, 2017
Objective: In community colleges, achieving competence in math is critical to students' timely progression through coursework and eventual educational success; yet, it remains unclear when the optimal timing to complete required math courses is in order to maximize the chance of completing a credential on time. This study examines the timing of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Required Courses, Mathematics Achievement
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Wang, Xueli – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background/Context: Although much research has dealt with the factors that influence educational expectations, few studies have addressed recent high school graduates who attend community colleges as their first postsecondary institutions. As the costs associated with attending a four-year institution keep rising, community colleges increasingly…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Expectation, Academic Aspiration, High School Seniors
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Wang, Xueli; Wickersham, Kelly; Lee, Yen; Chan, Hsun-Yu – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: Although numerous studies have emerged shedding light on community college student success, the enduring role of social capital is often overlooked. Furthermore, when conceptualizing social capital in the community college context and its diverse student population, age represents a unique form of diversity in these…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Freshmen
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Chan, Hsun-yu; Wang, Xueli – Community College Review, 2016
Objective: This study explored the relationship between different types of interpersonal interaction, characterized by their underlying motivations, and educational outcomes among students in manufacturing programs at two-year colleges. While there exist several ways to classify interaction, motivation as an inherent attribute that fuels behaviors…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Interpersonal Relationship, Outcomes of Education, Two Year College Students