Portland State University. Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Michael J. Smith
Date of Award
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership: Postsecondary Education
Educational Leadership and Policy
1 online resource (ix, 258 pages)
First-generation college students -- United States -- Sociological aspects -- Case studies, Urban universities and colleges -- United States -- Sociological aspects -- Case studies, Women college students -- United States -- Sociological aspects -- Case studies, Low-income college students -- United States -- Sociological aspects -- Case studies
This study sought to explore the lived experiences of five female, first-generation, low-income students who attend a metropolitan commuter university, and investigate how a structured undergraduate research experience exerts influence on the women's academic and social involvement. A qualitative case study with a narrative and grounded theory analysis was selected as the most appropriate approach for exploring this topic and addressing the guiding research questions. Interview and journal data were collected and analyzed to identify significant themes. The importance of finding an academic home, the significance of interacting with faculty and peers, and the validation of a metropolitan commuter university education through a scholar development process emerged as significant findings. Implications and recommendations on programmatic and institutional levels are included, as well as suggestions for future research.
Kwong Caputo, Jolina Jade, "Undergraduate Research and Metropolitan Commuter University Student Involvement: Exploring the Narratives of Five Female Undergraduate Students" (2013). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1006.