“Students who are first in their family to attend college are a diverse group who juggle numerous life roles and identities. Being a college student is one of these many identities, and it is viewed as an avenue for upward mobility for not only the student but also their family and community… These first-generation students reflect the changing demographics in the United States and are among the fastest growing segments of our population.” (Stories as Knowledge: Bringing the Lived Experience of First-Generation College Students Into the Academy, by Rashné Jehangir.)
At the most recent All-College meeting Adrian Haugabrook, Linda Banks-Santilli, and Mary McCormack gave a presentation about first-generation college students. Following the links below will take you to some of the background research described in their presentation. And if you’d like help in following up on anything you read please let us know and we’d be glad to assist.
Aschaffenburg, K., & Maas, I. (1997). Cultural and educational careers: The dynamics of social reproduction
. American Sociological Review
Barry, L., Hudley, C., Kelly, M., & Cho, S. (2009). Differences in self-reported disclosure of college experiences by first-generation college student status. Adolescence, 44 (173), 55-68.
Bui, K. T. (2002). First-generation college students at a four-year university: Background characteristics, reasons for pursuing higher education, and first-year experiences. College Student Journal, 36 (1), 3-11.
Collier, P., & Morgan, D. (2008). “Is that paper really due today?”: Differences in first-generation and traditional college students’ understandings of faculty expectations. Higher Education, 55 (4), 425-446.
London, H.B. (1992). Transformations: Cultural challenges faced by first-generation students. New Directions for Community Colleges, 20 (4), 5-11.
Maton, K. I., Teti, D. M., Corns, K. M., Vieira-Baker, C C, Lavine, J. R., Gouze, K. R., & Keating, D. P. (1996). Cultural specificity of support sources, correlates and contexts: Three studies of African American and Caucasian youth. American Journal of Community Psychology, 24 (4), 551-587.
McMurray, A., & Sorrells, D. (2009). Bridging the gap: Reaching first-generation students in the classroom. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 36 (3), 210-214.
Olive, T. (2008). Desire for higher education in first-generation Hispanic college students enrolled in an Academic support program: A phenomenological analysis. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 39 (1), 81-110.
Orbe, M. (2008). Theorizing multidimensional identity negotiation: Reflections on the lived experiences of first-generation college students. New Directions for Child & Adolescent Development, 2008 (120), 81-95.
Phinney, J.S., & Haas, K. (2003). The process of coping among ethnic minority first-generation college freshmen: A narrative approach. The Journal of Social Psychology, 143 (6), 707-726.
Roberts, J.S., & Rosenwald, G.C. (2001). Ever upward and not turning back: Social mobility and identity formation among first-generation college students. In D.P. McAdams, R. Josselson & A. Lieblich (Eds.), Turns in the road: Narrative Studies of lives in transition. (pp. 91-119). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (Wheelock College Library 155.24 T866)
Tinto, V. (1975). Dropout from higher education: A theoretical synthesis of recent research. Review of Educational Research, 45, 89-125.