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ERIC Number: ED571762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 171
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3397-3588-7
A Qualitative Exploration of First Generation College Students and the Use of Facebook in the College Choice Selection Process
Coker, Cindy E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University, Beaumont
The purpose of this exploratory phenomenological narrative qualitative study was to investigate the influence of Facebook on first-generation college students' selection of a college framed within Hossler and Gallagher's (1987) college process model. The three questions which guided this research explored the influence of the social media website Facebook during the predisposition, search, and choice phases of the college choice process model. Eight persisting first-generation college students were selected using a purposeful, snowball sampling, and interviewed. The results indicated an influence of Facebook in each phase of the college choice process model. The implications for practice include: an increase in Facebook interaction between students, teachers, and counselors between a student's 8th and 10th grade years and the consideration of college recruitment to determine their target audience when placing advertisements on Facebook. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Grade 10
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Language: English
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