Pathway to transfer: validating the lived experiences of nontraditional students in an early childhood program


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Author: Wang, Wenjie; Million, Kathryn; Bagwell, Lynette


This qualitative study explored how the life experiences of nontraditional Latina students influenced their decision to transfer from a community college to a state university as early childhood majors. Guided by Validation Theory, the researchers share the participants' stories in the areas of early schooling, language, and familial influences in order to analyze how this has affected their pursuit of higher education. The findings present multiple factors that are significant in improving the transfer process. The study provides recommendations such as developing relationships, hosting...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Participation; Pathways; Higher education; Language; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Nontraditional students; Student mobility; Decision making; Family; Community college; University; Barrier; Financial aspects; Case study

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: London, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2023

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Journal volume: 47

Journal number: 5

Journal date: May 2023

Pages: pp. 383-398

ISSN: 1066-8926, 1521-0413 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 154.76

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