Mississippi State University
Molina, Danielle K.
Moyen, Eric A.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
College of Education
Department of Counseling, Higher Education Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations
Despite many theories on student success as well as many resources to help students make the transition from high school to college, many students do not persist in or graduate from college. The purpose of this dissertation is to provide insight into what takes place when students leave P-12 institutions and enter institutions of higher education by using focused narrative inquiry. This study took place at a large research university in the south. The study included 4 participants at various parts of their transition journey. Participants in the study responded to written prompts. Follow up interviews were conducted, and a narrative of each participant’s transition story was constructed. A plot analysis on each participant’s story suggests that students in transition are not only transitioning from P-12 institutions but also between resources intended to aid students in their transition. When employing resources intended to aid students in their transition to college, foregrounding the cultural transition elements should be considered.
Vincent, Chelsey LuAnn, "College preparedness. Narratives of transitions from high school to college." (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 6041.
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