Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

College Access for Prospective First-Generation High School Students: Parent Perceptions
by Brown, Christopher William, Ed.D., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 70; 27832648
Abstract (Summary)

This study used semi-structured interviews of 11 parents at a large suburban high school to analyze how parents of potential first-generation college students perceive access to college for their children. The analysis resulted in six themes: The parents of potential FG college students in the study see grants and scholarships as a primary way to finance college, fear the overall cost and resulting debt of going to college, report playing a role in helping their child with college access, limit the school’s role and responsibility to academic preparation, high school course selection, and guidance upon request, perceive a lack of communication from the school about accessing college, and access family and the internet as resources and lack awareness of other resources. Using Bourdieu’s social capital theory, the findings of this study demonstrate how schools may not be effective distributors of college access capital to families with first-generation backgrounds. This study discusses the social and economic consequences for first-generation students and provides implications for future research, policymakers, and educational practitioners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reeves, Alison
Commitee: Puchner, Laurel, Anderson, Patrick
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational sociology
Keywords: Access, College, Equity, First-generation, Parents, Social capital
Publication Number: 27832648
ISBN: 9798645480431
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