Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the Role of Community Cultural Wealth in How Minority First-Generation College Students Persevere in Graduate School
by Gonzalez, Salomé Brañas, Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2019, 311; 27548920
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study was to explore how minority first-generation college students use community cultural wealth to persevere in graduate school. The theoretical foundation for this study is Yosso’s community cultural wealth theory. One research question guided this study: How do minority first-generation college students use community cultural wealth to persevere in graduate school? The purposive sample for this study consisted of 47 participants who identify as Black, Latinx, or both, were first in their families to attend college and had earned a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The researcher drew data from 47 questionnaires and 12 individual interviews. The researcher analyzed the data by using Braun and Clarke’s six-step process of thematic analysis with the use of codes based on the theoretical framework. MAXQDA qualitative analysis software was used to assist in developing the final themes. Eight themes emerged from the analysis: aspirational capital, navigational capital, familial capital, social capital, resistant capital, linguistic capital, first-generation college students, and becoming the resource. The findings and conclusions from this study demonstrated that minority first-generation college students utilized all or some forms of community cultural wealth to persevere in graduate studies. The findings from this study may assist educators, policymakers, and administrators who design and implement programs to support the perseverance of minority first-generation college students at the graduate level.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lao, Teresa
Commitee: Stimpson, Matthew, Morrison, Jennifer
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Higher education, Educational psychology, Cultural Resources Management, Social psychology
Keywords: Community cultural wealth, First-generation college students, Graduate studies, Perseverance, Persistence
Publication Number: 27548920
ISBN: 9781392580806
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