Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Social and Academic Experiences of First-Generation College Student-Athletes at a Division III Post-Secondary Institution in Pennsylvania
by Scarcella, Matt, Ed.D., Wilkes University, 2016, 138; 10151575
Abstract (Summary)

Student athletes and first-generation college students have a unique collegiate experience. A case study approach was used to identify the social and academic experiences of first-generation college student-athletes at a Division III postsecondary institution in Pennsylvania. Interviews, participant observations, and documents were employed in this study to provide a rich description of the experiences of Division III first-generation student-athletes and lead to a deeper understanding of their social and academic experiences. Interview responses from six current Division III first-generation student-athletes were analyzed to identify seven themes in this study. This study’s exploration of the challenges and supports of Division III first-generation student-athletes’ academic and social experience provided valuable insight to understanding their unique collegiate experiences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kropiewnicki, Mary
Commitee: Caccese, Thomas, Mackesy, Blake
School: Wilkes University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 77/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Social psychology, Kinesiology, Higher education
Keywords: Academic experiences, Division iii student-athletes, First-generation college students, Pennsylvania, Scarcella, Matt, Social experiences, Student-athlete
Publication Number: 10151575
ISBN: 978-1-369-06303-5
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