Expectations and Experiences: The Voice of A First-Generation First-Year College Student and the Question of Student Persistence

Mar. 31, 2010

Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 23, Issue 2 (March 2010), pages 237 - 249.
This case study takes a phenomenological approach using the voice centered analysis. This case study analyzes qualitative interview data so that the voice of this first-generation college student is brought forward.

It is a poignant voice filled with conflicting emotional responses to the desire for college success, for family stability, for meaningful friendships, and for understanding the self.

In combination with other research calling for an expansion of the dominant theory of persistence, this research raises the importance of elevating family relationships in the student persistence model.

Updated: Jul. 13, 2010