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Activating Strengths during the Transition from Community College to University: A Phenomenological Study of Vulnerable Transfer Students

Abstract The transition experience for students who are transferring from community college to university can be an overwhelming experience for any typical student, but can be even greater for students with vulnerable backgrounds. This phenomenological action research study followed the five-month community college to the university transition experience of five students in a scholarship program. The students participated in a three-part intervention in support of their transition experience. Three theoretical perspectives framed the study: community cultural wealth, transition theory, and transfer student capital. This framework enabled me to first identify the strengths the students possessed, despite their vulnerable backgrounds, through particip... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Martinez, Jo Ann Lopez (Author) / Harris, Lauren M (Advisor) / McIntyre, Lisa (Committee member) / Plinske, Kathleen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Higher education / Community college education / Community College / Strengths-based / Transfer student / Transition / University / Vulnerable population
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 214 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Leadership and Innovation 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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