ERIC Number: EJ1009977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The AAS to BAS Pathway: Heating Up the Educational Aspiration of CTE Students
Kujawa, Tricia A.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v37 n5 p356-364 2013
The enrollment and transfer behaviors of college students are diverse. As a result, college students travel various pathways to the baccalaureate degree. The purpose of this qualitative study was to better understand the lived experience of students who entered higher education through an associate of applied science (AAS) program and then continued in higher education to earn a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree. To explore this phenomenon, eight participants completed two in-depth interviews regarding their lived experience as students on this educational pathway. Five structures emerged from the data to frame the participants' experiences on the AAS to BAS pathway: disengagement, doubt, knowledge of something different, significant relationships, and transformation. These five structures interacted in discrete ways to characterize the participants' experiences as pushing through disillusionment related to education, the profession, and self. The participants' moving through three dimensions of disillusionment along the pathway formed the meaning and the essence of the phenomenon, dogged determinism. The findings elaborate on the themes that contributed to heating up, or raising the educational aspirations of these career-technical students.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Two Year College Students, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Academic Aspiration, Barriers, Community Colleges, Vocational Education, College Faculty, Learner Engagement, Academic Advising
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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