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A case study of the influence of family on first-generation college students' educational aspirations post high school


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study is to examine how factors in the home environment (hereby referred to as habitus) (Bourdieu, 1977) impact the educational aspirations of first-generation college students who are participants in an academic achievement program designed to meet the needs of first-generation and underrepresented students (Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program). This study examined family characteristics such as educational and cultural practices, academic awareness, social class position and parental expectations to determine if they have an impact on student aspirations. The primary research question to guide this study is, “What is the influence of family on first-generation college students' educational aspirations post high school?”

This study sought to determine how families that were from traditionally underrepresented populations (low SES, ethnic minorities, single parent home, etc.) in post-secondary education were able to influence the aspirations of their children to attend college. Put differently, the study sought to understand the amount of exposure that each student had to the collegiate experience, the arts, financial information, and other cultural and social events. This study focused on what happened in the homes of the participants that provided the requisite skills, attitudes and behaviors that would serve as a source of motivation to aspire to college.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Higher education
Classification
0514: School administration
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Case study; College students; Cultural capital; Educational aspirations; Family; First-generation college students; First-generation students; Habitus
Title
A case study of the influence of family on first-generation college students' educational aspirations post high school
Author
Acker-Ball, Shawna L.
Number of pages
168
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0117
Source
DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549452942
Advisor
Fries-Britt, Sharon
University/institution
University of Maryland, College Park
Department
Education Policy, and Leadership
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3297326
ProQuest document ID
304854874
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304854874
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