Educational Journey

January 27, 2012

The Journey

Filed under: General — Cyndy @ 3:37 pm

It is fascinating to reread these earlier posts about my dissortation topic exploration. Currently, I am only two classes and one comprehensive exam away from beginning my dissertation. And, fF\inally, I have a dissertation topic: drumroll please ….

I plan to study first-generation students, how they make their career choices and how that effects their persistence.

I am completely fascinated with the subject of first-generation students. I love reading everything published about this group. In particular, I have enjoyed discovering the work of Dr. Peter Collier from Portland State University. I recently had a conversation with him about my studies, and he suggested that I concentrate my efforts on art students. I had not intended to do this; however, the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. This would fill a gap in the literature and has the potential to uncover new insights into the lives of first-generation students.

I am excited to explore this new direction for my topic. I have some work to do, rethinking my research question and framing the entire study, but I’m up for the task.


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