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Patfield, Sally; Gore, Jennifer; Weaver, Natasha – Australian Educational Researcher, 2022
For more than three decades, Australian higher education policy has been guided by a national equity framework focussed on six underrepresented target groups: Indigenous Australians, people from low socioeconomic status backgrounds, people from regional and remote areas, people with disabilities, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, and…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Educational Policy
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Havey, Nicholas; Schalewski, Lucas – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2022
Universities have long sought to contribute to civic engagement and democratic participation by their development of students. This study examines political orientation changes that occur within the first year of college and student background characteristics, plans, and experiences that predict these changes. Descriptive statistics first describe…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Attitude Change, College Freshmen, Influences
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2022
"Social Belonging" interventions for college students aim to reduce the impacts of negative stereotypes that may burden students in underrepresented groups and affect their persistence in college. This What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) report, part of the WWC's Supporting Postsecondary Success topic area, explores the effects of…
Descriptors: College Students, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Minority Group Students
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Williams, Ashleen; Ash, Ainsley – Honors in Practice, 2021
Authors describe the college's First-Gen Student Network, a cohort of faculty, students, and practitioners committed to equity, access, and success of first-generation learners. Optional biweekly meetings address a range of topics, including financial aid and opportunities for employment.
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Social Support Groups, Academic Achievement, Access to Education
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Phillips Meertins, Jasmine R.; Grossman, Melissa A.; Tapia, Raul, Jr. – College Student Journal, 2021
Students select, research, organize, and effectively present information (oral and written) using appropriate language, voice, articulation, and nonverbal communication in a mock interview setting.
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Public Speaking, Skill Development, Speech Instruction
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Hirsch, Kelsey; Odom, Summer F.; Moore, Lori L. – Journal of Leadership Education, 2021
The purpose of this study was to examine how undergraduate peer mentors at Texas A&M University perceive their development of leadership behaviors through their peer mentor experience. Participants were first-generation college students serving as mentors to first-generation college students at Texas A&M University. A qualitative approach…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Mentors, First Generation College Students, Leadership Training
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Muteti, Caroline Z.; Kerr, Tracy; Mwavita, Mwarumba; Mutambuki, Jacinta M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2022
Formative assessments (FAs), such as muddiest point activities can capture students' areas of confusion or struggle on given content that may otherwise be overlooked with the common FAs, such as quizzes, homework, and clickers. The few reported studies indicate mixed results on the effects of implementing the muddiest point in undergraduate STEM…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Formative Evaluation, Minority Group Students, Chemistry
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Gillen-O'Neel, Cari – Research in Higher Education, 2021
To date, most research on sense of belonging in higher education has relied upon between-person correlations (e.g., Murphy and Zirkel in Teach Coll Rec 117(12):1-40, 2015; Ostrove and Long in Rev High Educ 30(4):363-389, 2007). In the current study, first- and continuing-generation college students (N = 280) reported their sense of belonging and…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Learner Engagement, First Generation College Students, College Students
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Graham, Blake; Baldivia, Stefani; Cuthbertson, William; Leon, Kendall; Monson, Jane; Trask, Jay – College & Research Libraries, 2021
First-generation college students have a profound impact both inside and outside the classroom on the strategic goals of universities, yet in-depth, firsthand information about their experiences are difficult for researchers and university administrators to find. Oral histories are a data-rich method of collecting narratives that legitimize the…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Libraries, Archives
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Verdín, Dina; Smith, Jessica M.; Lucena, Juan C. – Journal of Engineering Education, 2021
Background: Students who are the first in their families to attend college are an integral part of undergraduate engineering programs. Growing bodies of research argue that educators could better support these students if they understood the unique backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge they bring with them to higher education.…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Capital, First Generation College Students, Engineering Education
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Russell, Erica R. – Diversity in Higher Education, 2021
In this chapter, I will share about my personal journey, highlighting key moments, personal experiences, and relationships encountered at different points along the way. Hindsight provides so many lessons. When recounting my story, I tend to contextualize my experience as a "First." A First is an individual who was once a…
Descriptors: Mentors, Interpersonal Relationship, First Generation College Students, College Faculty
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Milone, Joseph – Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship, 2021
College graduates need to have specific leadership-related skills, behaviors, and traits when entering the workforce. Campus involvement is one way for students to develop such areas. Therefore, this qualitative study explored the self-reported leadership skills of first-generation college students who were actively participating in intramural…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Student Leadership, Student Behavior, Intramural Athletics
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Hammermeister, Jon; Mount, Sarah E.; Jordan, Caitlyn; Briggs, Lawrence; Galm, Ruth – College Student Journal, 2020
This study examined the mental fitness skills (MFS) of First Generation College Students (FGCS) and its relationship to psychological resilience and academic achievement with data from 286 students from a large regional university. Cluster analysis revealed four emergent MFS profile groups: (1) strong skills; (2) weak skills; (3) go with the flow;…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Resilience (Psychology), Academic Achievement, First Generation College Students
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Forsyth, Rachel; Hamshire, Claire; Fontaine-Rainen, Danny; Soldaat, Leza – Australian Educational Researcher, 2022
The principles of diversity and inclusion are valued across the higher education sector, but the ways in which these principles are translated into pedagogic practice are not always evident. Students who are first in their family to attend university continue to report barriers to full participation in university life. They are more likely to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, First Generation College Students, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty
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Yang, Chia-chen – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2022
Social adjustment to college can be challenging, and social networking sites (SNSs) may ease the process. SNSs as an adjustment tool may be particularly useful for those who have relatively limited social support in their proximal environments, such as first-generation college students. This study explored how first-generation and continuing…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Social Media, Use Studies, Social Adjustment
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