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dc.contributor.advisorPayne, Emily
dc.contributor.authorHand, Christie ( )
dc.identifier.citationHand, C. (2006). Factors affecting the academic persistence of Appalachian first-generation college students (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.description.abstractThis phenomenology examines the factors affecting the academic persistence of Appalachian first-generation student and the influence which academic support services has on their persistence. The participants were students from the Student Support Services program at West Virginia University. In a phenomenology, the themes need to flow from the data obtained from the research participants, rather than being presupposed by the researcher. The themes emerging from the experiences of these students were the importance of the family, financial concerns, the power of internal motivation, relationships and emotional support, the communication of information, and the influence of being Appalachian. Each of these has a significant impact on the students' academic persistence. It was found that their participation in academic support services, specifically Student Support Services, is instrumental in their persistence, not so much for the academic support, but because of relationships established.
dc.format.extent135 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.subjectEducational anthropology
dc.subjectCollege students
dc.subjectFirst-generation college students
dc.subjectUniversities and colleges
dc.subjectAppalachian Region
dc.titleFactors Affecting the Academic Persistence of Appalachian First-generation College Students
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoss-Gordon, Jovita
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHodges, Russ Administration and Psychological Services State University--San Marcos of Arts
txstate.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology


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