Inside The Gates: First-Generation Students Finding Their Way

  •  Barry Checkoway    


This paper examines what first-generation students face when coming inside the gates of higher education for the first time, an experience which, without preparation by them and their institution, can disorient them to a level of anxiety which affects their learning. The paper identifies issues arising when they are trying to find their way, such as choosing courses whose content feels foreign, and finding professors who can communicate with them in ways which they understand. It draws upon a review of the literature, and the experiences of the author as a first-generation student and, subsequently, a professor.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4741
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-475X
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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