Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Groundbreakers: A Phenomenological Study of Academic Success Factors in Low-SES Women
by Cota, Caroline J., Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University, 2020, 183; 27834391
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine how personal, family, and school factors influence the ability of young women from low-socioeconomic backgrounds to attend university. This study used a phenomenological design to research and compare the experiences and perspectives of thirteen women from the same socioeconomic and geographic background who have persevered through college-preparatory coursework and successfully enrolled in university. Three research questions guided this study. What are the perspectives of low-SES first- and second-year college women regarding how personal attributes affected their perseverance in college-preparatory coursework and university attendance? What are these women’s perspectives regarding how family support affected their perseverance in college-preparatory coursework and university attendance? What are these women’s perspectives regarding how school programs and staff support affected their perseverance in college-preparatory coursework and university attendance?

The data for this study were collected mainly through in-person, semi-structured, in-depth interviews. The study found that women from low-socioeconomic backgrounds who attended university were able to do so through personal motivation, expectation to succeed academically, a determination to overcome obstacles, and support throughout the process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roso, Calvin G.
Commitee: Latham, Maureen, Bechler, Kent
School: Azusa Pacific University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Secondary education, School counseling, Educational leadership, Womens studies
Keywords: Academic success, College, Family factors, Low-SES women, Personal factors, School factors
Publication Number: 27834391
ISBN: 9798635245194
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