For this we'll defend: Military connected competency training and university faculty experiences teaching student veterans
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This two-article dissertation presents findings for two related studies regarding military connected competency training and faculty perspectives teaching student veterans. Data sources included observations, two Q-sort administrations, conversational interviews, and the research journal. Building on Veteran Critical Theory (VCT), best practices for training adult learners, and constructionism, the research questions guiding the dissertation include:
- How are MCC trainings being designed and offered to university faculty?
- What are the current characteristics of MCC trainings available to university faculty?
- What are the best practices designing and delivering MCC training to university faculty?
- What are university faculty perspectives teaching student veterans?
- What are university faculty experiences in light of participating in an MCC training?
Findings for two independent but related qualitative studies are presented in chapters 2 and 3. Chapter 2 describes a multilayer case study examining four nationally recognized military connected competency trainings for university faculty. The goal was to identify best practices and prevalent characteristics of MCC trainings. Chapter 3 is an instrumental case study conducted with 10 faculty participants from four different universities across the nation. This chapter examines faculty experiences and perspectives teaching student veterans. This study is a first of its kind examining national MCC trainings and diving into faculty perspectives in light of veteran critical theory.