Keywords

First generation college students, Phenomenology, Single parents, Transfer students

Abstract

This qualitative, phenomenological research study was conducted to investigate the influences of self-efficacy on the college experiences and beliefs about capabilities of single parent, first-generation, transfer students. Consistent and strong levels of self-efficacy were revealed within each of the eight participants. Major participant themes identified through the Pattern Recognition Flowchart include that (a) children are a primary source of motivation and influence, (b) education is the pathway for a better future and career, (c) participants possess strong academic and personal efficacy, (d) participants possess a support network and (e) first-generation status serves as a motivating factor. Minor themes include that participants (a) were influenced by strong role models and positive encouragement and (b) possessed an ability to persevere through significant obstacles. While several of the themes corroborated extant research, some themes supported a unique perspective for this growing student population.

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Graduation Date

2010

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Boyd, Tammy

Degree

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

College

College of Education

Department

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0003564

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0003564

Language

English

Release Date

December 2010

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Education, Education -- Dissertations, Academic

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