ERIC Number: EJ1003848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Life History and Identity
Tierney, William G.
Review of Higher Education, v36 n2 p255-282 Win 2013
This article uses the life history method to chronicle the challenges of a low-income, first-generation student en route to college. The paper addresses three questions: how Manuel navigates college and related topics such as roommates, family, and money; how he creates social networks; and how he works with adults such as teachers and administrators. These questions help demonstrate how a student's identity changes during the first year of college and how social capital functions in his life. The goal of the article is to further our understanding about social capital and the role it plays in the identity formation of an adolescent.
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Biographies, Social Capital, Social Networks, Low Income Groups, Personality Development, Adolescent Development, Student Experience, Phenomenology, Self Management, Student Adjustment, Social Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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